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Is published every Saturday morning ot the Academic year, 
under the auspices of University College Literary and 
Scientific Society. 

Managing Committee : — Maclean, W. F., Editor; Shortt, 
W. A., and Haddow, Robert, associate Editors; Fairbank, 
H. A., Business-Manager; Atcheson, George; Jackson, J. 
B.; Lydgate, J. M.; Cayley, H. St. Q.; Laidlaw, Walter; 
Milligan, T. C; Barton S. G. T. ; McDougall, A. H.; 
O'Meara, A. E. 

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Below will be found the names of the candidates 
who passed in the June and September Matricu- 
lation Examinations of the University of Toronto. 
One hundred and twenty-six passed in Arts in 
June and nineteen in September, making a total of 
one hundred and forty-five. Most of these have 
already, or are about registering at University Col- 
lege, and form the largest class of freshmen yet 



Allan, W. T., Newmarket H. S. Attwood, Emma M., Lon- 
don C. I. 

Baldwin, T. R., St. Thomas H. S., Gait C. I. and P. T 
Baliner R., U. C. C. Barber, W., private tuition. Barric 
R., Gait C. I. Bell, J. J., Richmond Hill H. S. Birks, A. 
K., St. Thomas H. S. Bouis, H., St. Mary's H. S. Boult- 
bee, F., Toronto C. I. Brough, T. A., Elora H. S. Buie, H 
Clinton H. S., three months' P. T. 

Cameron, A. B., U. C. C. Cameron, D. O., Rockwood 
Academy. Campbell, A. S., Port Hope H. S. Campbell, 
J. S. (St. Catharines), St. Catharines C. I. Campbell 1 
(Uxbridge), Uxbridge H. S. Campbell, T. G., Ottawa Nor- 
mal School, three months. Carswell, A., Oshawa H. S. 
Carter, J., U. C. C. Charles, Henrietta, St. Catharines C. L 
Cochrane, R. R., private tuition. Cody, W. S., Newm.irket 
H. S. Collins, Agnes, London C. I. Cook, J W pi ivatc 
Coutts, J., Hamilton C. I. Crawford, T., Hamilton C I 
Creasor, A. D., Owen Sound H. S. Crichton, A-., St. Catha- 
rines C. I. Cummmgs, Alice, Hamilton C. I. Cuthbert I 
S., Ingersoll H. S. . 

Denovan, A. M., Brockville six months, Toronto fourteen 
months. Dewart, H. H., Toronto C. I Donald R C 
Toronto C.I. Duggan, J. M., St. Michael's College. bur-' 
dan, Edith J , Hamilton C. I. 

Fail dough, H. R., Hamilton C. I. Farquharson W 
Chatham one year, Hamilton six months. Field H m' 
U. C. C. Fitzgerald, Lizzie, St. Catharines C. 1 ' Fother- 
ingham. J. T St. Mary's H. S. Frazer, A., Thorold H. S. 

Gairdner T., Gait C. I. George, W. K., Gait C. I. Gibb 
,, I , , ,, B r, ant l r d £■ '■ ancl Strathroy H. S. Goodwillie, Ada 
MWeHandH.S Grant, D. M., Strathroy H. S. Grier, 
A. E., Iroquois H. S. Gross, A. H., Whitby II S 

Hagarty, E. W., Toronto C. I. Hammond, J. B., private 
tuition. Hansler, J , St. Catharines C.I. Henderson Mar- 
fn h, 'V-V'o' H ° d Sins, J. P., U. C C. Hodgson, 
A. B., Ottawa C. I. Hume, J. G., Barrie H. S Hum F L 
Pi ti iboro' C. I. ' ' 

Jackson A., Clinton II. S. Johnson, A. S Ottawa C I 
Johnston, K.. Kincardine H. S. Johnson T. Barrie II s' 
Jones, Fredenca F., Chatham Wilberforce Edui ation d In- 
stitute, Jones, Sophia 1',., Chatham W. C. I 

Kerr, Robert, Collingwood. Kerr, Andrew, Brantford C 

W =. ,nR, u F1 2 ren = e J-, Porl H °P £ "■ S. Kaiser. Jess:, B ' 

lamiUonC l"™ "" l "" Undsay H S " Kraft ' a! 

Langton, H. H., U. C. C. Lawson, A., Hamilton C. I. 
Lee I. London C. I. Lees, R., Clinton H. S. Little I G 
Waterdown I. s. Lobb A I'. C.C and Newmarket'S s' 
Luke, Mary E., Oshawa H. S. 

Maugh .in, Maria, Owen Sound H. S. Mayberry Ch irles 
'v:')'":'"':; 1 -, Jll t^»\^ l; , T°™<°C T MUhcan 

W. J., Gait C.I and Guelph H. s". Mills, w!'^. S?« S£y 

S M l,e I" i ",-, '■ ^WHW- w - , '"" Hope 3! 


Met '.die 


r n'k' o"',"' S ' MoCsilman, D. II.. liarrie 
\i,r^ u £ iTZ Han " lt0 S C.I. MacCormack, Ella 
Marys II. s McEvay, !•'., St Michael 

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A. C, London C. I. and Beamsville H. S. McKay, J., St. 
Catharines C. I. and Brantford C. I. McKay, E, U C C 

Ormiston. W. S., Whlthy hi, ■', Osier, H. S., Salt 

collegiate institute. 

Page, J. A., Brockville high school. Palmer, J. F., Whitby 
high school. Potter, C, Port Hope and Oshawa high schools. 
Phair, Emily E., Brantford collegiate institute. Philps, J. 
H., Clinton high school. Picken, J., U. C. college. Playter, 
J. E. f Napaneeand Uxbridge. 

Read, J. W., Yarmouth seminary, N.S. Richardson, J. A.. 
Barrie high school. Riddell, G. J., Toronto collegiate in- 
stitute. Robertson, 1. C, Goderich high school. Robertson, 
J. H., Brantford collegiate institute. Robertson, J. D. S. C, 
Newmarket. Ross, G., Hamillon collegiate institute. Ross, 
J. A., Hamilton collegiate institute. 

Scott, W., Peterboro' collegiate institute. Shaw, J., Port 
Hope high school. Sinon, E. H., Brantford collegiate in- 
stitute. Smith, A. G., Windsor H S. Smith, C. J. , Newmarket 
H S. Smith, C. P., U. C. C. Smith, R. W., Ingersoll high 
school and public school. Squair, J., Bowmanville high 
school. Stevenson, A., Whitby high school. 

Thompson, W E, U C college. Tibb, R C, Hamilton col- 
legiate institute. Tisdell, F C, Port Hope high school. 
Trull, F W, Bnwmanville high school. Turner, II S, New- 
market high school. 

Vanstone, A L, Bowmanville high school 

Walsh, Maggie Anne, Bowmanville high school Watt. J, 
Ingersoll high school Wedin, Augusta, Brantford collegiate 
institute Weir, A, Clinton high school Weid O, London 
collegiate institute Wilgress, G S, U C college Woodhull 
F, Strathroy high school Wright, A W, Fergus high school 
and public school 


Collier, M K, St Catharines Kinsley, A B, Welland high 
school Meldrum, I A, Gait collegiate institute and public 
school Sutherland J G, Toronto collegiate institute 


Martin J, Ottawa 



Ballah, R, private study Burkholder E R, Berlin high 
school Courtice, I J, Port Perry high school Davidson J 
A Stratford high school Duncan, W A, Hamilton collegiate 
institute Francis D, Collingweod collegiate institute Gra- 
ham, E G, Brampton high school Harris, E J, Woodstock 
institute one year, Brantford collegiate institute one year 
Mayberry , C Brantford C I Moore, Gertrude W, Clinton 
high school Mulloy C;W, Berlin high school PnngleRH, 
Brampton high school Unsworth, J K, Brampton high' 


Goodcrham A E, II C college and private tuition Grier, 
C A, Iroquois high school Forward A J, Iroquois' high 
school Frost W A, Owen Sound high school Tytler J, Mr 
Thompson's school, London Wilford, J Ingersoll high 


Hyde, H E, Stratford high school Jeffrey D, Stratford 
high school Shortt, J H, Berthicr grammar school, Quebec 


Cunningham, G C, public school Cronyn, B B, pissed 
tin matriculation in June last 


Nearly every year the first meeting of the Lite- 
rary Society is adjourned out of respect to the 
memory of some of its members who have died m 
the long vacnti >n. This year the name of Tin. mas 
Patric : Corcoran will claim this mark of sorrowful 
remembrance from those who wire last year his 
fellow-students. Mr. Corcoran matriculated in 
iS/5 into tiie University, ami graduated in June oi 
this year (being then not unite twenty years of 
age), with honours in Mental and Moral Science 
.•Hi.l Civil Polity. He died of typhoid lever, at he; 
father's house, in Stratford, on the 26th of Sep- 
tember, after an illness of eleven days. In his 
undergraduate career, without being" a popular 
man, lie secured the respect of everyone and the 
warm friendship of those win. knew him best, lie 
was a graceful and effective reader, and the 
Society's prize for elocution was to have been 
presented him at convocation. 



Under this na*ne the students of University 
College send forth the first number of a little 
paper in their interests, They make the venture 
for the reason that papers published by the 
students of several leading colleges on this conti- 
nent are successful ; that there is a want felt for a 
similar journal by many connected with or inter- 
ested in our College and University ; and that there 
is among our undergraduates and graduates good 
prospect of both ability to conduct, and support to 
sustain, a fairly creditable college paper. 

Among the features of The White and Blue 
may be mentioned : 

Prominence to what undergraduates may have 
to say on any question in which they are interested. 
such as that ot scholarships, examinations and the 

Freedom of its columns to graduates for the 
purpose of expressing opinion on matters espe- 
cially pertaining to them. Several have already 
promised to contribute articles of this nature. 

Accurate information concerning any matter or 
event in which the University or its affiliated 
colleges may be interested. The decrees of the 
Senate, of the Council, of the faculties of the 
Medical Schools, will be published whenever their 
nature warrants. 

Encouragement to college sports by furnishing 
accounts of the games in which our men take part, 
and of the principal events of the other colleges. 

A fresh budget of the news of the college world. 

Prominence to the ' local news ' of the Uni- 
versity and the College. 


The Committee to whom the conduct of this 
paper has been entrusted would respectfully ask 
all the graduates and undergraduates of the Uni- 
versity to subsciibe to The White and Blue. We 
have already met with unlocked for success, and 
with a few more subscribers the financial position 
of the venture will be secured. 


It is understood that no appointments have yet 
been made to the chairs of Classics and Chemistry, 
vacated by the resignation of the Reverend the 
President and Professor Croft. It is understood 
further, that the Government are determined to 
secure the best men possible, and to that end they 
purpose deferring action in the matter for some 
time. Meanwhile, both Dr. McCaul and Professor 
Croft will continue to fill their accustomed places. 

The calendar of University College for 1879-80 
has been out for several days. A new feature is a 
list of the college prizemen from 1855 onward. 

A senior has taken on himself in this number 
to offer a few hints to the freshmen. Doubtless 
some of the latter will find occasion to answer 
" Aros " in the next issue. 

The great Demosthenes in his forensic har- 
angues used to say there was nothing like arguing 
from the very words of the law itself; so to those 
who are curious to know what The White and 
Blue boasts to be we would say, there is nothing 
like looking at the sheet itself. 


If I, a senior, take it upon myself to address a 
few words to the freshmen of this year, I will in 
no wise be overstepping precedent ; it has ever 
been our privilege so to do. Moreover, I was 
once a freshman myself, and always respectfully 
listened to the words of counsel coming from my 

To the freshman many things appear new and 
strange, especially if he come from a rural consti- 
tuency ; and nothing should be more closely wat< li- 
ed by him than the demeanor he observes in his 
new situation. I have formulated a few hints, 
which I think will be of service to him, and I beg 
leave herewith to submit them. 
To Our Dear Freshmen : 

Firstly. — You will observe that a great portion 
of the Queen's Park has been set aside by the 
authorities for your especial accommodation. You 
are free to disport yourselves in any part of it within 
the new iron fence, which the authorities have 
caused to be erected during the recent vacation 
so as to keep you free from contamination with 
the vulgar and unlearned city. When on the 
grounds you will remember to carry your hands 
in your pocket and walk about as if you had a pro- 
prietary interest in the place. Of course your gait 
will not be sluggish, nor should you be seen glow- 
ring about too much. If you persist in these vul- 
garities you will certainly fall in the estimation of 
the second year man, an individual whom you 
should never think of annoying, but, on the con- 
trary, your chief object should be always to placate 
him. The draining of the pond by the authorities 
will, I am sorry to say, derange the prospects of 
those of you who intended to take an active part 
in the University aquatic sports this fall. N.b. — 
There are several fine trees in the northern part 
of the Park, where shelter may be sought from 
the noontide sun. The industrious freshman 
should be seen here frequently in serious commu- 
nion with his book. 

Secondly. — You will take notice that the student 
who goes about with his toga in the most disor- 
ganized condition is always the one who commands 
the most respect, and the one generally who stands 
highest in the class-lists. Knowing this, you will, 
with as much modesty as is becoming, invite your 
neighbor to tear yours. If he doesn't act on your 
hints tear his gown. If he then refuses to plunge 
the knife in yours, set the fellow down for a cad ; 
and the same evening, when you are wasting your 
eyesight over the midnight oil, rise suddenly from 
your chair and tear the rag in pieces yourself. 
You will be surprised on the following morning to 
find how much more gamey you fell. 

Thirdly. — If Mr. McKim comes into a class-room 
wilh a letter fir Brown, or if Jones rises from his 
seat to open a window and let in a little fresh air, 
you will not forget to cheer and stamp your feet. 
The authorities permit of this, and you should not 
abandon any of your rights ; only don't let the' 
stampede continue longer than two or three min- 
utes ; if continued longer than this time it might 
look silly on your part. 

Fourthly. — You will be expected to take part in 
the ' Freshman's Parade,' which takes place on 
the first Saturday afternoon after the opening of 
college, and is continued every subsequent Satur- 
day. The line of procession is down Yonge Street 
and along King. There is always a large turn-out 
of the fair se-x to witness the procession, and you, 
being newly arrived in the city, may expect to 
leceive a large share of their attention on the 
street. Past session, my friend Jones, who carries 
a nice little silver-mounted cane and wears laven- 
der trousers, created quite a sensatit n ; and Brown 
also, with his blue silk handkerchief so bewitch- 
ingly displayed in his upper coat pocket, met with 
great success in this direction. 

Fifthly. — You will honour, and on all occasions 
speak respectfully of the authorities, especially in 
their collective capacity. 

These, my dear freshmen, are some of my sug- 
gestions, but, I must defer further enumeration of 
them till another occasion. AROS. 


Shirt Manufactory, 





in Cricketing, Boating, Foot Ball, Base Ball, 

Lacrosse, or other suits, in any colour or style, 

for which special prices -.vill be given on appli- 


Collars, Cuffs, Hosiery, Gloves, Ties, Scai/s 
Umbrellas, Rubber Coats, etc. 

All Goods marked in plain figures and at cash 

116 Yonge St., and 17 King St. West. 




Cap and Robe Maker. 






The Society should at once adopt a name for 
their building, hitherto known as the old Medi- 
cal; School. An irreverent freshman suggests 
that it be called Hades. 

A considerable number of improvements have 
been made about the college and grounds during 
the vacation. The old reading room of the Society 
has been turned into a reading room for the 
library, thus doubling the accommodation in this 
respect. The chemical laboratory has been 
entirely transferred to the School of Science, and 
the space devoted to the new apparatus of Pro- 
fessor Loudon's department. The vestibule has 
been improved by the addition of two stained glass 
windows, containing the coat of arms. The paint 
work has also been freshened up. Outside the 
change is still more marked. The college grounds 
have been fenced in from the park, the pond has 
been drained, new walks have been laid, etc. 

The general committee of the University Col- 
lege Literary and Scientific Society meets this 
afternoon at five o'clock. The Society will meet 
on Friday evening at 7:30 sharp. 

There was an unusually large number of men 
rejected at the examinations of last May, and a 
correspondingly large number up for supplemen- ' 
tals in September. As one of the unfortunates 
remarked, " This is a sad business, this coming up 
in September.'' 

Some universities measure themselves by the 
number of men they put through. Perhaps a bet- 
ter test is the number of men they reject. The 
record of the University of Toronto in this latter 
respect shows a good rising number. 

One more such shock as that sustained by the 
class of '8i in the examinations of last May, and 
the undertaker may be sent for. The slaughter 
was teriffic. 

The School of Science is about completely 
organized. The departments of chemistry and 
mmeralogy and geology of the College are now 
wholly quartered in the new building. The col- 
lection of the latter department has been augmented 
during the summer. 

If a student has casually given expression to 
some jeu d'csprit. or has happily translated some 
Horatian stanza, let his fellows get the benefit of 
it through the college journal, not because he has 
done it, but because it may prove interesting to 
them. Herein lies the success of such a journal. 

The University Company, Q. O. R. is hardly in 
fighting condition as yet, though Lieut, Mauley has 
returned from Wimbledon in cxcellant health and 
la len with honors. At last battalion drill the Co. 
turned out to the number of about ten men. 
Several members took their places at the review 
last month, and each of them has informed us that 
the eyes of Her Royal Highness were fued on him 
at every march past; while one is confident he saw 
the Marquis speak to some one and in licate him. 
There are but two sergeants and one corporal left 
111 the Co., but appointments to the vacancies in 
non-coms, will be made in a few days. 

It is very desirable that men of all the years 
should be present at the games' meeting to-mor- 
row, to elect representative men to the committee. 

It seems that University College is not to be 
behindhand in any of the arts. A glee club is no 
uncommon feature of American Colleges, but a 
sketching club is a comparatively rare and cer- 
tainly an admirable one. Such an association has 
foi med here an I is doing good work There 
is no deficiency of tree studies in the immediate 
n 1 jnbornood, but about such there is a good deal 
oi sameness, and the general opinion is that the 
Park is a rather unpaintable place. What is of 
m »re interest to us is, that some members have 
promise I to furnish an occasional illustration to 
1 Hfi \\ nil E AND lii.i'E. 

Those who dreamed that the Literary and 
Scientific Society were to return to inhabit a palace 
deliciously wanned, carpeted, ventilated, etc., are 
doomed to a sickening disappointment. In many 
respects the building appropriated to the Society 
last year, is worse than it was in May. The 
sidewalk leading to it has been carried some distance 
: by children playing in the Park and used as a see- 
I saw. The reading-room is dark, and even the paint 
on the floor has become so disgusted that it has 
peeled off and left the place, revealing the purposes 
to which it was once applied as the body-snatchers' 
I den. In the room in which the Society is to meet, 
the scene is one of desolation, desolation without 
the addition of picturesqueness. The seats have 
been nearly all removed and the photographs of 
former Committees are smeared with the tears they 
have shed over the fate of their unhappy successors. 
It is estimate! that several hundred dollars will 
be required to make the building habitable. The 
coal will be an enormous item, seats must be pro- 
cured and a drain put in. One, indeed, who 
is not noted for Zoological learning has recog- 
nized in it a 'white elephant.' However, the 
Society is not to be discouraged. He who has 
long been its guide, mentor and friend, though 
nominally severing his connection with the So- 
ciety, has magnanimously promised it that mild 
but imparlial criticism, and that unobtrusive but 
ever-welcome advice which has so long been its 
reliance and support. 

He was an honor man, and 
hall, while at Latin prose, his 
with the following train of 
how'll I render that ? Cauccr-- 
canccr-arbor=crab-t.ree. No, 
feminine and cancer is a noun, 
them agree. I'll have to par 
this is it ; I've got it ; Crab 
fcrens. And his face became i 

in the examination 

mind was occupied 

ideas : Crab-tree, 

=crab, arbor=tree, 

let's see, arbor is 

and you can't make 

aphrase. Oh ! yes, 

tree -arbor cancros 


Professor Chapman has an average of half a 
dozen callers daily, all anxious to get his opinion 
on some 'find' that they have made. When it is 
known that he is in any particular locality, the 
sattlers flock from all quarters with their speci- 
mens. Recently he was back in the County of 
Victoria on an excursion. A few hours after his 
arrival at Fenelon Falls he received a telegram 
from a member of the Ontario Assembly telling 
him to hold on till he could catch up to him. The 
law-maker arrived post-haste, and at once took 
the Professor into his confidence. He had dis- 
covered a great bed of iron ore, pure magnetic iron 
ore, and had traced it for over a mile. Besides a 
local ' expert ' had gone over the ground and had 
confirmed that opinion. As soon as the professor 
heard the word 'expert,' he drew out his little 
magnet and asked to see the specimen. The sup- 
posed iron exhibited not the least trace of magnet- 
ism, and the too confident M.P.P. — he had already 
a bill of incorporation for a large mining company 
in his mind's eye — was assured that it was only 
pyroxene that he had discovered. He telegraphed 
ftrthe 'expert' to come on and explain, but that 
gentleman was too busy to answer the message. 

One of our professors related the following story 
to his class the other day : During a recent visit to 
Germany he was fortunate enough to fall in with 
an old fellow-student now like himself, a professor. 
They shake hands, and with surprise gaze at each 
other. " Why,' says the German, 'we have gone 
different ways — you have grown to a lath.' ' And 
you replied the other, as round as a tub.' " 

' The Homeric controversy, treated from a philo- 
logical basis.' Freshmen are warned to avoid writ- 
ing such articles for this paper, as they can in no 
wise be received. 

The College convocation comes off on Friday, 
the 17th of this monrh. Dr. McCaul will be in 
the chair. 

An undergraduate who wishes to keep his 
friends posted of the doings at college should sub 
scribe for two copies of this paper, one for his own 
information, another to !»• sent to those at home. ' 

The rooms in the College Residence are all en- 
gaged and most of them occupied. Of course all the 
freshmen turned up the first day, and strutted 
about with that puffed up mien that a new gown is 
said to give to women and children. The number 
of these gentlemen, so welcome at this time of year, 
when they mingle the verdure of Spring with the 
gold and crimson of Autumn, is said to be seventeen. 
These, with five more arrivals will give the old 
residents their hands full, especially as they are 
reputed to be somewhat obstreperous and very 
ignorant. Most of the ancient inhabitants are 
engaged at present in extensive resartorial opera- 
tions, viz. : mending their gowns; and lay critics 
have pronounced the work wonderfully good for 
amateurs, while several of the more enterprising 
professional tailors have been so amazed and 
gratified that they have resolved to give all their 
sons a university education before introducing them 
to the goose. These rather unexpected labours — 
which it seems are not prescribed in the curriculum 
— are necessitated by a strange fastidiousness on 
the part of the Dean. He is said, however, to be 
acting under the direction of higher authorities. 
The criticism of attire seems a new role for College 
Professors, who are generally supposed to be occu- 
pied about graver matters; but no doubt the N. P. 
has inspired even these with the spirit of progress 
and abhorrence of rags. 

The College Council have shown commendable 
enterprize in the many improvements that have 
been made of late about the grounds and buildings. 
But in one direction the)' have gone perhaps too 
far, seeing that two of their members have broken 
out in open rebellion against the Council in its 
.corporate capacity. That body decreed that none 
should walk across the lawn in going from the 
College to the School of Science; the board-walk 
must be used even if it is a somewhat roundabout 
course. Moreover, the gate of the School has been 
located to suit the board-walk and those who do 
make the bee line course find that they have st.ll 
to go quite a piece to one side before reaching the 
door. Now the two professors already mentioned 
have their headquarters in the school, and they 
are both warm paiJizansof the straight line. Not- 
withstanding the frequent warnings of the care- 
taker, they continue to break the regulation, and 
one of them especially may be seen many times a 
day skipping across the lawn like a young colt, 
then darting through a hole made with his conni- 
vance in the new iron fence, and so straight up to 
the school door. The Council will have some 
difficulty in dealing with this incorrigible member, 
seeing that they are unable to take him in the act 
of trespassing. However, if tl e whole Council 
were to turn out, and the members duly post 
themselves, some lying in ambush in the tall grass, 
others secreted behind the trees, and all armed 
with clothes-lines, the) might be able to lasso the 
said incorrigible and run him in. True, the diffi- 
culty might be overcome, and the Council saved 
the pain of making an example of one of then own 
members, by modifying the regulation in question. 

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yi and |i King Street West, Toronto. 

Dominion Exhibition, Highest Honors, Bronze Medal for 
Plain Photography, 



Not the least interesting part of our paper will 
he that devoted to the various games and sports 
of this and other Colleges. But to make the col- 
umn fresh and interesting we must have the aid of 
the players and the secretarys of the various 


The present bids fair to be the most interesting 
season this game has seen since its establishment 
iu our College. Most of the old players have re- 
turned, with, if possible, increased enthusiasm; 
and among the freshmen are many promising ' for- 
wards.' The finances of the club are in a healthy 
state, and no expenditure upon grounds is needed. 
At a meeting of the club held in March, a consti- 
tution was adopted, the provisions of which clearly 
define the duties of officers and members, and 
will necessitate the transaction of all business in 
good form, A committe, too, was appointed, which 
only requires a complement of two members of the 
first year, to make an efficient executive. The 
absence from college of the energetic secretary of 
last year, Mr. W. F. Freeman, will be felt, as he was 
appointed to the same office for this year, and 
wim Id have discharged its duties with efficiency; 
but this vacancy in the committee will no doubt be 
filled at the general meeting to be held shortly. 
At this meeting, too, the committeemen of the first 
year will be elected, 

With such cheering prospects — with a large 
membership, good grounds, experienced players, 
and all needful funds the club should present a 
goi il record at the close of the season. The officers 
for the season are: — Jas. Chisholm, B.A., President ; 
A. Carruthers, Vice-President ; W. F. Freeman, 
Secretary ; W. Laidlaw, Treasurer ; Jas. Mac- 
dougall, W. F. Maclean, T. C. Miljigan, F. H. 
Koefer, A. C. Miles, A. Haig, Committeemen. 

Victoria College purposes to have a grand foot- 
ball tournament, to last three days, at the close of 
th s month. Besides matches between college 
clubs of an ordinary nature, there will be a game 
played in the glare of the electric light. There 
will also be a concert, and athletic sports open to 
all colleges. The club is practising assiduously 
To this tournment Knox College and Queen's will 
probably send teams. Both of these clubs intend 
to give good account of themselves. Knox 
has not yet received the cup they won last year. 
Albert College, Belleville, propose to play Associ- 
ation Rules. Association clubs have been 
organized in several American universities, Roch- 
ester, Syracuse, etc. 

Toronto and Trinity Medical Schools will 
organize shortly. Berlin is officered much the 
same as last year, with the redoubtable Forsyth as 
captain. Clinton will enter the Association this 
yea i . Mr. F. W. G. Haultain, B.A., plays with the 
Petfirboros, and purposes to make the club take a 
good position. The Toronto Lacrosse Club speak 
of organizing a team. The Carlton:; are quiet as yet. 

A meeting has been called for to-morrow to ap- 
point a committee of management for the sports. 
It is tu be held in Professor young's lecture room 
at 12 o'clock m. 


One evening last week I was coming down the 
railway from Lindsay to Whitby. At Port Perry 
the train waited long enough for me to step on the 
platform and look about. My attention was irre- 
sistibly drawn to a very old hack, one which had 
probably done duty as a swell conveyance in To- 
ronto some thirty or forty years ago, and which 
was now used to carry the occasional visitor to the 
hotel, some distance from the station. It was the 
very picture of melancholy. But my eyes were 

soon turned from it to a young woman just then 
coming on the platform. She had a commanding 
figure, was tastefully dressed, and there was no 
mistaking her to be one of our handsome Canadian 
girls. She was attended by a young man, evident- 
ly a resident of the town, and while he was buying 
her a ticket I went back to my seat in the car, al- 
ready very well filled. I was just seated when in 
came the lady and her companion. The only 
vacant seat happened to be the one in rear of mine, 
and to it the young man conducted her. Up to 
this time 1 had not heard her speak, but soon she 
opened her mouth, and her first remark, after 
looking up and down the carriage, was to the effect 
that there was ' not a nice fellow in the car.' This 
rather crushed me, for up to that I had been of 
the opinion that though I was not the handsomest 
man in the world, I was by no means a bail looking 
undergraduate, and one that had considerable con- 
fidence in his popularity among the ladies, lint 
this remark of her's, especially as it was said loud 
enough for the people in our vicinity to hear, made 
me keep very still, and feel that I had been cut. 
A moment after the whistle sounded and the young 
man left the train. I did not dare to look behind 
me, but before long I saw a middle-aged man rise 
from his seat and approach the fair traveller at 
my back. He appeared to know her well, and they 
were soon engaged in a conversation, which they 
carried on loud enough, notwithstanding the noise 
of the wheels, for all within four seats of them to 
get the benefit of it. The subject of ladies' schools 
came up, and I learned that the voluble damsel 

had been three years at the School, Toronto; 

that the fees there were larger than any other 
ladies' school ; that for that reason it was better ; 
and that only girls of a certain class went to the 
schools at Oshawa, Whitby, etc., where the fees 
were smaller. She next regretted that she had not 
learned short-hand, as she would have found it 
very useful in taking notes when at school, 'for we 
were taught by lectures, you know,' she said. The 
immediate cause of this remark was the statement 
of the gentleman that his son had been practising 
phonography for some time, and was then able to 
write one hundred and twenty words a minute; 
though I happened to know enough to suspect that 
the enthusiastic father was guilty of a whopper. 
Then the young woman suddenly turned to St. 
Catharines. It was ' such a nice place,' and had 
'such an awfully nice theatre.' 'When we were 
visiting there at Dr. Jones' — you know Pa was 
once engaged to Mrs. Jones — we used to either go 
out driving and visiting, or stay home and receive 
calls every afternoon.' But the sainted city had 
still a greater attraction! 'There are eighteen 
bank clerks there, and oh ! they are such splendid 
fellows.' The young lady fairly gushed forth in 
describing these fortunate mortals, and I almost 
longed for an existence like theirs. But by this 
tune the train was at Whitby, and the young lady 
took the east bound train while I boarded the ex- 
press for the city. 



[Under this head we purpose giving to our 
readers a column of the leading events of the col- 
leges, both in America and Europe. It will, how- 
ever, be a couple of weeks before this proposal can 
be properly fulfilled, as our list of college exchanges 
is yet incomplete.] 

It is with much pleasure that we record the 
success of Mr. Fred jarvis, late first scholar in the 
classics of the second year, who has been the suc- 
cessful Canadian candidate for the (iilchrist 
Scholarship, entitling the holder to /ioo sterling a 
year for three years, and the privilege of studying 
at cither London or Edinburgh. Mr. Jarvis stood 
first on the list of Canadian candidates, being 
eight marks ahead of the second man, Mr. Allen, 
from New Brunswick. All of the four candidates 
from this Province — Mr. W. H. Jackson, also an 
honor man in the classics of the second year, being 
one of the four — succeeded in obtaining first-class 
honors. Mr. Jarvis' position was between 15th 
and 16th in a list of 900 English candidates. 

The museum has received a large number of 
specimens during the year, and Mr. Pride is now- 
engaged unpacking and placing them in position. 
Tiny include reptiles, rare corals, a cobra, skele- 
ton of an apteryx, marine specimens, pieces of the 
skeleton of a onastedon, etc. 

The practice of wearing gowns does not prevail 
among the students of many of the large German 
Universities, and even the professors lecture in 
the ordinary dress of the street. 

In France, translations of the classics mav be 
had from twenty to thirty cents a volume, and in 
Germany they are even cheaper. The English 
and American keys cost four or five times that 

Dr. Arnold was recently installed as Professor 
of Poetry at Oxford University. In his address he 
satirically remarked, that he felt honored in 
receiving a title held in common with ' Professor ' 
Pepper, ' Professor ' Slade, and a host of other 

Many of the scholarships are awarded in the 
American colleges upon a declaration on the part of 
the student that lie is in want of assistance. There 
is an increasing agitation for the adoption of the 
competitive system. Both sides of the question 
have lately been set forth in a discussion carried 
on in the New York Nation. 

It is expected that arrangements will be made 
to have the major events in the annual sports on 
the day of Convocation (the 17th). This gave 
every promise of proving a mutual beneht last 
year, but the weather was so bad that the games' 
committee were obliged to postpone the athletic 
part of the entertainment. 

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8uid ridete ? friends, I pray 
lides to-morow on to-day ; 
Where no day is, there's no morrow ! 
Wherefore, therefore, do you sorrow? 
If the novi dissipate, 
They do but anticipate ! 
Aren't they ' grads,' potentially, 
Wanting only — their degree ? 

Go it novi, fresh from home, oh ! 

Go it ! in Rosina Domo ! 

Quid ridete ? Aristotle, 

Being no mean authority, 
Says it is most wise to throttle 

Future actuality. 
And the ' > oung idea,' says one, 
' Is the only ontos on* 
Plato may be wrong, I guess, 
He's authority, no less. 

Then go it ! novi, fresh from homz, oil ! 

Go it in Rosina Domo ! 

In the old fraternal shanty, 
Where the novus left his aunty, 
And his sisters and his cousins, 
Admiring relatives by dozens, 
Surely theirs was not the ditty 
To make humble — mote's the pity ! 

Still, not your fault, novus homo; 

Go it ! in Rosina Domo ! 

Don't you think it is mistaken 

Of the sophomores and others, 
Tint they have not hither taken 

These, the fresh, as elder brothers ? 
Are they not inheritors 
Of a greater world than ours ? 
Science doth unfold its bliss 
F"or a later world, — not this. 

O novi ! most carissimi ! 

Be happy ! bea-tissimi] 

Henceforth I resign my place 

To tins younger world than mine. 
Novus, yours the haughty face! 
For a greater world is thine. 
llosina's cue I'll draw no more; 
A greater world is to the fore. 
Still, novissimus, nove homo, 
Ludal in Rosina Domo. 

Yours one place to rearward then, 

— Right and most poetic justice! — 
For they'll more of knowlege ken 

Than yourselves, of whom this fuss is. 
And a greater cue they'll draw, 
And be, by eternal law, 
Foremost in the tiles of Time, 
Nearer science' golden prime, 

And, since topmost to the sky, 
Be Terqut beattssimil 

—St. Q. 

No mketing of the Literary Society took place 
last night, for reasons commented on elsewhere. 

It is a matter of some pride to undergraduates 
generally that their old friend 'Jimmy' has been 
appointed profeSSOl of metaphysics in a well-known 
eastern ci illeee 


To the student and scholar the Latin quarter is 
the most interesting part of Paris. It is richest in 
historical association of that historical city. Here 
is the hill known as St. Genevieve, the seat of the 
oldest University in the world, and the home of that 
motley crowd of students, monks and adventurers 
who flocked to it from all quarters of Europe 
throughi ut the middle ages, and who spoke so 
many different languages that by common consent 
Latin became the recognised tongue of that new 
Babel, and gave rise to the name. Here was the 
centre of the later Scholasticism; and the Sor- 
bonne containing the bones of Richelieu now rests 
where Abelard once lectured. Here some of the 
most memorable scenes of the revolutions had 
place, and here stands the Pantheon, with the in- 

Aux grands homines, la patrie rcconnaissante 
and half a dozen other churches of great beauty, 
near where was once the second home of the Comedie 
Francaise, now is seen the theatre l'Odeon. And 
in our own day we know the Quarter best, perhaps, 
because Napoleon III. could not ever obtain there 
a majority favorable to his imperial ideas. Once 
in the Quarter, the student cannot turn but be 
will find something of interest. He is in a city 
devoted to schools and scholars. 

Though some of its glory has departed, the Uni- 
versity is still one of the leading centres of learn- 
ing in Europe; it is especially famed for medicine, 
and to-day at least eight thousand young men are 
at work in its medical schools and hospitals. And 
then there is the College of France, the School of 
Law, l'Ecole Normale, 1'EcoIe Polytechnicque, 
two large lycees, the Jardin des Plantes, the Lux- 
embourg, with its collections of modern art, the 
Hotel Cluny, with its collections that tell the story 
of the middle ages, the old Roman Thermes, and 
a great many other places worthy of notice. 

But to the student from America, the student 
life that he encounters in Paris is the most inte- 
resting, and I shall try in another issue to give 
some account of what I saw of it during the prist 
summer. M. 


There has never been an analysis made of Can- 
adian humour. Possibly it is nothing, if it exists 
at all, but the backwoods aspect of the American 
article. But there are a good many funny things 
passing every year through the hands of High- 
school examiners in Ontario. Naturally the most 
amusing answers are those on composition. Last 
year a paper was set for entrance to High-schools 
requiring a composition on the Sheep. A few 
points for remarks were supplied, such as its use to 
mankind, different species, other animals closely 
related, etc. Without exception they began — "The 
sheep is a very useful animal to man." Then came 
the variations. One says —'The sheep is useful for 
breeding lambs.' Another- 'Its flesh is very nice 
for mutton in the spring after eating fat ham all 
winter.' Again — 'The sheep is useful because its 
wool is good for ear-ache.'' Hut the greatest dif- 
ference of opinion prevailed on allied animals; 
they were put down as goals, rabbits, calves, and 
wolves. One little girl said, ' the only animals I 
know that are closely related to the sheep arc 
t .mis and lambs ' 



During the summer, the Herbarium, which had 
fallen into a somewhat dilapidated condition, was 
renovated and catalogued by Prof. McCowan, of 

College journalism is a subject on which there 
seems to be a pretty evenly-balanced difference of 
opinion, not only as to the practice generally, but 
to particular attempts. The head-shaking class of 
sages pronounce The White and Blue venture 
•injudicious,' one of those delightfully indefinite 
words so dear to these people, and sufficiently 
misty to afford them a safe retreat in case of ob- 
jections. On the other hand congratulations have 
been received from men whose blood circulates. 

The union of the games and Convocation has 
been effected, and both are to take place on Fri- 
day next. It is to be hoped that this will prove 
beneficial to both, for Convocation certainly needs 
something outside of itself to reward the good 
people of Toronto for coming to the college. Even 
if it could be heard, it is doubtful if the invariable 
soft-soaping of prizemen would prove very inte- 
resting. Of course the classical quotations that 
always abound at Convocation are the occasion of 
some merriment to undergraduates, who find in 
them, however incomprehensible, an opportunity 
for rraking a noise. The sports will likely find 
the poor boon of increased numbers to limit their 
share of the advantage. It seems only fair that 
the College Council should relieve the games' 
committee at least of the expenses of the band. 

About two years ago a debate took place in the 
Society on Spelling Reform. The advocate of the 
present system of orthography urged as usual the 
failure of particular methods of phonetic spelling, 
and told a story of a man who said he wouldn't 
be afraid of a nif as long as his arm, as that way 
of writing the word took the edge off the tool. It 
would be insulting to the Society to say that they 
regarded these remarks as forcible arguments ; it is 
more charitable to suppose that the speaker's for- 
lorn condition affected the audience ; but the de- 
cision was in his favor. Nevertheless, the Satur- 
day Review, some moths since, printed two versions 
of a poem, one in the ordinary style, the other in 
Pitman's phonetic long-hand, and appealed to the 
reader in support of the doctrine that the mode of 
writing bearing least connection with the sound 
had the greater poetic effect. It affords a good 
deal of satisfaction to men who analyse their feel- 
ings, to see a magazine so conservative asScrib- 
ncr pointing how purely the added charm of the 
old printing is due to association. An old lady, 
known to the writer, thought it perilous to the 
soul to read a Bible without the long s of a hun- 
dred years ago. 

It appears that His Excellency the Governor. 
General found some bones. With the bones were 
discovered some barbarous ornaments and other 
evidences of savage character ; so they were all 
put in a box and sent to Toronto for Dr. Wilson 
to identify. He declares them to have belonged 
to an Indian who lived at some remote period 
before the discovery of America. This distin- 

guished anthropologist, whom we are fortunate 
enough to number among our professors, has been 
for some time engaged in cataloguing the ethno- 
logical department of the museum, which includes 
typical heads of all the principal races, with casts 
of others, and specimens of primitive tools, orna- 
ments, etc. Many of the most valuable of these 
Dr. Wilson has obtained by exchanging for them 
American archaeological specimens collected by 
himself, with the British Museum and the Jardin 
des Plantes at Paris. Dr. Wilson is very anxious 
to obtain the co-operation of undergraduates in 
making this collection, and certainly they might 
take the trouble to pick up and forward to him arrow- 
heads and remains of agricultural implements that 
many of them see thrown away every year as 
worthless. Students from the rural constituencies 
might confer a benefit on mankind with very little 
pains and no expense, while the name of donors 
is always attached to articles presented to the 


There exists the greatest difference in the regu- 
lations with regard to rifle practice in this country 
and the United States. Here volunteers are re- 
quired to fire annually fifteen rounds of ammuni- 
tion, but it makes no difference where the lead goes 
to ; it is just as effective in drawing pay as if it 
hit the bull every time. Now, at Creedmoor, 
members of the National Guard are obliged to 
qualify, i.e., obtain a certain score every year. Not 
only so, but they must reach a standard at 100, 
150, 300 and 400 yards before proceeding to the 
200 and 500 yard ranges. More than this, a regu- 
lar position is assumed at each range; standing at 
100, 150 and 200 yards ; kneeling at 300 yards ; 
lying down at 400 and 500 yards. 


Grip doesn't set up to be a scientific journal ; but 
the alleged sciences of Phrenology and Physiog- 
nomy never received so complete or so convincing 
a refutation as from Grip, ol Sept. 20th. Here are 
represented the Hon. Edward Blake, and Secretary 
Evarts. The figures are drawn just as they ought 
to be, in that bold manner of Mi. Bengough's 
which just gives what is necessary to the likeness, 
the very essence of it, in a way that no known car- 
icaturist can approach, not even Sambourne. 
Here, then, are two men who have made their 
marks in exactly the same pursuits — Law and 
Politics. If two men ought to look alike these are 
they. But look at them; not a feature the same; 
the crania exhibiting even a more startling dissimi- 
larity. Why, the phrenologists have not so much 
left them as their favorite refuge, temperament. 
Usually, when you point out a man whose bumps 
indicate a particular character, and whose char- 
acter is not anything in particular, or anything 
like the one inferred from the cranial development, 
they say, 'Oh, he hasn't got the proper tempera- 
ment to give the character force ; he's like an en- 
gine without steam.' In the present example there 
can be no appeal to lack of force. Surely, Mr. 
Grip is to be thanked for exposing frauds that are 
not always political. 


Emerson says that the Gree'; mythology is true 
for all times because it is the product of the imag- 
ination, and not of the fancy. One of the truest 
things in it is the representation of Cupid carrying 
arms, ' Heaven is under the shadow of the sword,' 
says Mahomet: and surely the sword quivers with 
the beating of the heart. We know there is no 
greater stimulus to competition than feminine ap- 
proval, 'no subtler master under the heaven than 
is the maiden passion for a maid ;' and we have 
seen, too, the way a British female worships a red 
coat; but it is left, as most things are, for the 
United States to turn these emotions to account in 
business. A good many years ago Thackeray wrote 
a poem on the number of enlistments made in the 
American war of the Rebellion through disappoint- 
ments in love. Now we see the ingenious device 
put in practice to make men drill, of inviting ladies 
to the armoury to witness the manoeuvres, and then 
ending with a dance. 

Prof. Wright has secured a stock of about two 
hundred frogs for use during the winter. Some of 
them are enormous, one fellow measuring thirteen 
inches in length. 

The annual match of the Queen's Own Rifles 
a week ago, afforded the University Company an 
opportunity of shewing the world the inestimable 
benefits of education, in having the young idea 
thoroughly taught how to shoot. One member 
made a score of twenty-five at two hundred yards; 
another won fifth prize ; and the Company came 
within two points of getting second prize for shoot- 
ing in skirmishing order. In fact the Company's 
prospects are altogether bright. With active non- 
commissioned officers, a fine-looking and enthu- 
siastic body of recruits, nothing seems wanting 
but time for drill to make this one of the best 
companies in the battalion. 



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The Society Reading Room is now open (to 
those who have paid their subscriptions), and tol- 
erably well supplied with matter. Local weeklies, 
of course, are not very numerous yet, ami there is 
a corresponding paucity of readers. No better 
evidence can be found of the excellent domestic 
qualities of the Canadian youth than the heroic 
way he will throw aside Aeschylus to read the ad- 
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When the American regiment formed a line of 
battle in the sham-fight at Montreal last May, Sir 
Edward Selby Smythe told Col. Austin he would 
inquire into the movement, having never seen it 
done so quickly. 

Yesterday the prizes won at the last examina- 
tion were presented at the Collegiate Institute. 
The presence of the Mayor and others made the 
ceremony more imposing. Among the recipients 
of prizes were the gentlemen from the Institute 
who obtained first class honors at the Matricula- 
tion Examinations in June. 

Nothing struck the Americans at Montreal so 
much as the way the Canadian bands played the 
•British Grenadier.' The furious flourishing of 
the bass drum stick amused them exceedingly, 
and one part of the programme at Dodworth's 
concerts in Gilmore's Gardens used to be ' British 
Grenadier a la Canadienne.' 

It is a curious fact that the day the first number 
of The White and Blue was issued, the little 
aperture in the fence between the College and the 
School of Science was closed by order of the au- 
thorities. May the paper ever be attended with 
the same success in calling attention to things 
that are out of order. The students may look 
forward immediately to the righting of certain 
abuses mentioned in another column, which might 
include the need of a gymnasium and a side-walk 
leading to the Society Beading Booms. 

One of the most fortunate things that happened 
the undergraduates of University College is the 
transference of the Logic lectures to Prof. Young. 
Already a renewed interest is felt in the study, 
Bass-men particularly express their satisfaction. 
Among his listeners at a lecture on Kant recently, 
this accomplished gentleman had Mr. Justice Moss, 
who at the close declared himself greatly interes- 
ed. The Clube, in commenting on this change, 
proposes that the Professor of English Literature 
should include Rhetoric in his course. Certainly 
no more capable lecturer could be found than Dr, 

At A MEETING of the General Committee, held 
on Tuesday, the homeless condition of the Society 
was discussed with groans that grew more agoniz- 
ing as item after item was presented calling for 
expenditure of funds that are not. It was a sad 
visii m, that, of the wai rior who carries the scars of 
a hundred rights, seated on an enormous throne, 
the only seat in the room, his myrmidons weeping 
about him. And who can reproach them ? Is it 
wonderful that one should brush away a tear when 
he told of drains, of paint, of bad air and indes- 
criminate squalor ? Is it surprising that sobs 
should shake the breast of him who spake of 
doubh-d fees ? It was found impossible to have 
a meeting of the Society last night for want of 
seats and light. Such a meeting was thought of, 
but several members opposed the plan of making 
the Society sit cross-legged on the floor, on the 
ground that such a posture was undignified and 
un-English. Again, others threw cold water on 
the idea of employing for illumination the gas 
which forms so large a component of the proceed- 
ings of literary societies in general. A proposition 
which met uith more favor was to apply to the 
Ontario Government for aid in fitting up a reading 
room and hall. It was thought that there could 
be no reasonable doubt of success if the first vice- 
president were despatched to give the Local House 
his famous speech containing the Omnium-regina- 
rerum-oratio clause, with his celebrated metaphor 
of the 'snow-queen.' A more effective method was 
thought to consist in sending the Ministry photo- 
graphs of the General Committee in their present 
i li^ci hi - late condition. These motions were laid 
outhefloir, (no table being on hand.) Despite 
these melancholy circumstances, arrangements 
were made for waiting on the editors of The 
White and Blue, imploring their support in the 
great wm ks to be undertaken by the General Com- 
mittee. The nun tmg tlun adjourned. 


One of our professors is as hairless as St. Paul, 
and tells a great many stories at his own expense. 
He was walking near a house in the North-west, 
where he had once staid some time and where he 
flattered himself he was pretty well known. The 
young ladies were playing croquet on the lawn 
when he entered the gate, and they told him the 
garden was not open to the public. At this he took 
off his hat, when they immediately recognized him. 

An individual at Cambridge was anxious to get a 
degree in Music. It was necessary for him first to 
graduate in Arts, and here his difficulties were 
almost as great as his perseverance. At one ex- 
amination in which he was rejected, Lord Roylston, 
a clever fellow, but whose time was all spent in 
cricket, failed to obtain the requisite marks, tho', as 
a peer, he, of course, received his degree. The 
musical gentleman took great delight in telling his 
friends that " Me and Lord Roylston was plucked.'' 

There was once a professor at Oxford who be" 
lieved in spiritualism and wrote a book on the 
subject. \\ hile occupied on the work he went 
down one morning to London. There, at a corner 
he came face to face with a student and recognized 
him at once. Now the student had no business to 
be anywhere but at Oxford, and he knew it ; so he 
conceived the happy idea of working on the pro- 
fessor's credulity. He walked straight up to that 
dignitary, whirled his umbrella round thrte times 
very near the learned man's nose and then disap- 
peared clown a lane. He took the first train for 
Oxford and reached there before the professor. 
The same evening he called on the spiritualist and 
told him that he had a most amazing experience to 
relate ; he knew he said that the professor had 
gone to London, but that day at a quarter past 
eleven (the hour of the London meeting) a manifest- 
ation of the gentleman appeared to him suddenly, 
swung his umbrella round three times in silence 
and vanished. The professor enthusiastically 
noted down the occurrence, which appeared in 
his book. 

A new and more stringent code of regulations 
has recently been printed for the guidance of 
students attending the University of St. Beters- 
burg. It re-affirms the statute of 1863, and pro- 
hibits the students from holding concerts, as also 
dramatic, reading, and other public assemblies. 
Besides his residential ticket, the student will re- 
ceive a ticket of admission to the lectures, which 
he will be bound to carry always with him, and 
show, when required, to either of the university 
inspectors or members ot the city police force. The 
university police may from time to time visit the 
students rooms, particularly in the event of their 
failing to attend lectures punctually. The students 
are prohibited from having in their possession 
books or prints of a seditious character and printed 
matter of an indecent kind 1 out of regard for their 
good name, they are to refrain from visiting im- 
proper localities; they must be present in the 
lecture-room before the professor arrives, and 
remain till the conclusion of his lecture. If a 
student is absent more than three days from his 
class the cause of his non-attendance must be 
notified to the inspector. 


It has been said, among numerous adages re- 
lating to British rights and splenetic wrongs, that 
the one thing that renders the college residence 
tolerable, is the privilege of grumbling. There 
can be no doubt that even where grievances are 
not actually removed, open discussion makes them 
easier to bear, as people reduce fever and inflam- 
mation when they have the courage to groan. 
Undergraduates, having now the columns of The 
White and Blue open to them, need be no long- 
er 'voiceless in their woe;' and the sooner they 
make known their needs the better. That they 
have grievances, and deeply-rooted ones, is proved 
by looking over a list prepared as long ago as 1S75, 
every item of which has augmented force in 1879. 
Thus* '(1) Increased residence accommodation is 
required, (2) and a thoroughly equipped gymnasium, 
I (3) as well as a better stock of books to choose 
from in selecting prizes; (4) a course of university 
; sermons, appealing to a cultivated and thoughtful 
! audience, would be much appreciated during the 
'winter months; (5) a Brofessor of Law is sadly 
wanted; (6) some variety and interest should be 
introduced in the proceedings of Convocation and 
other public occasions (not a decent cheer has 
been heard for ten years) ; (7) means should be 
devised for keeping up graduates' connection with 
the college.' To which may be added : (8) the farce 
of caps and gowns as too expensive a joke for a 
poor country in hard times; (9) the inhuman prac- 
tice of withholding overcoats from the University 
Company, and (10) the difficulty in getting books 
from the library over night. No doubt 'To be 

39 anil 41 King Street West, Toronto. 

Dominion Exhibition, Highest Honors, l!ron?p Medal for 
Plain Photography, 


Reversing the order found in rerum tiatura. na- 
tional traditions seem to grow more imperishable 
through age, and frequently the legends of asso- 
ciations outlive even these. Such has certainly 
! been the case with Masonic and other observances ; 
but perhaps the condition of early society was 
] more favorable to their transmission than the ir- 
; reverent to-day. At least I have such a theory; 
and intend some day to send The White and 
Blue an essay on the subject, accompanied by 
diagrams, and apodictically prove the position. 
However, for the present it is enough to notice 
that certain customs held sacred about University 
College have lately been subjected to a most de- 
J structive revision. Residents used to point with 
satisfaction to a mound in the quad, said to rest 
j over the bones of fourteen neophytes, whose early 
; death was due to cheek. With tears of pride they 
used to recite those weird ballads of wild work in 
the 'Lightning Express.' Shades, whose presence 
turns light green (instead of blue as other ghosts), 
will haunt the vaults beneath the tower in saecula 
saeculorum. But the heroic age is past. The era 
of civilized initiation and semi-human treatment 
of first year men has commenced. The ancient 
Sacietiis ad Itiitiandos Tyruncs has been organized 
on a hard money basis; an elaborate constitution 
adopted ; the ritual re-written in more elegant 
language, though less adapted perhaps to the 
comprehension of novices. The old inscription 
over the door, Lasciatc ogni sbcranza voi ch' entrate , 
is retained, but shorn of half its meaning. Verily, 
these are degenerate days. Saw. 

During the summer, the daily papers announced 

the death of an undergraduate, called Mc . 

Now this is not an uncommon name about the 
College, and every body had the particular Mc 
he knew laid out and buried and wept over. 
Some students of the — th year were discuss- 
ing the deaths that had taken place, and ex- 
pressed their sorrow at the demise of the Mc ot 
their class. One declared that he did look verv 
ill in May, and the rest remembered that he had 
a very broken down appearance; when to their 
dismay Mc is seen approaching (he's rather tall) 
as well as ever, only a little provoked with the 




Tiif. order of the events to take place next Fri- 
day afternoon is as follows: — i, half-mile race ; 2, 
Hit race, too yards; 3, graduates' race, quarter- 
mile; 4, mile race ; 5, hurdle race, 220 yards; 6, 
strangers' race (open to amateurs), quarter mile ; 
7, three-legged race, 100 yards ; 8, half-mile race, 
open to undergraduates of all Canadian universi- 
ties; 9, championship race, quarter-mile; 10, 
consolation race, 220 yards. 

A meeting of un lergraduates took place on 
Wednesday, at which a committee of management 
for the annual sports was appointed, consisting of 
1 ;srs. Shortt (president), Armour (secretary), 
McDougall, Hague, Loudon, Gwynne, Milligan, 
Laidlaw, Bristol, Woodruff, Campbell, Cameron, 
Wright, and Boultbee. The minor events were to 
begin at 9:30 this morning; the major take place on 
Friday afternoon, October 17th. It is expected 
that the games will be under the patronage of His 
1 [unor the Lieutenant-Governor. One race (half- 
mile) is open to undergraduates of all Canadian 

Football. — The University College Football 
Club is actively engaged in practice already, and 
matches are proposed with Trinity College, Ham- 
ilton, Upper Canada College, Toronto, Feterboro' 
Trinity College School, etc. The financial con- 
dition of the club is satisfactory; and though sev- 
ral of the most efficient players of last year have 
ceased to belong to the team, the large first year 
promises plenty of material to fill their places. 
The following are the officers of the club for the 
season: — Messrs. W. D. Gwynne (captain), C. 
Campbell (secretary-treasurer), Fairbank, Shortt, 
McAndrew, Blake, McDougall, Woodruff, George, 
and Wright. 

Association Football. — A general meeting 
was held yesterday to choose men for vacant posi- 
tions. The constitution was changed so as to pro- 
vide for a corresponding secretary, to which office 
Mr. James McDougall was elected. Members of ] 
the committee were selected from the first year, 
Messrs. Hagartv and George. The annual meet- 
ing of the Dominion Association took place last 
night at Thomas' Chop House. Fifteen clubs 
were represented, most of which have signified 
their intention of competing for the Challenge Cup. 
The following officers were elected: — President, 
His Excellency the Marquis of Lome ; secretary- 
treasurer, W. Lowrey, Esq. Mr. J. McDougall 
represents the University College Association and 
Mr. A. B. Dobson Knox College. Some discussion 
took place over a change in the Scottish Associa- 
tion. The Knox College Club received their 
badges as being the champions of last year. The 
University College Association have made arrange- 
ments to attend the tournament at Cobouig at 
tin' end of the month. 


There is an impression among people who talk 
and write that the art of conversation has died, or 
is dying out; and there are not as many remark- 
able talkers in the world as there were, and that 
the present generation will leave no such records 
of brilliant conversation as some of its predecessors 
have done. We suspect that the impression is a 
sound one, and that for some reason, not apparent 
on the surface, less attention has been bestowed 
upon the art of talking than formerly. It may be 
that the remarkable development of the press 
which has given opportunity for expression to 
everybody, with a great audience to tempt the 
writer, has drawn attention from an art demand- 
ing fine skill, with only the reward of an audience 
always limited in numbers, and an influence quite 
incommensurate with the amount of vitality ex- 

Still, there are doubtless many who would like i 
to be good talkers. Social importance and con- 
sideration are perhaps more easily won by the j 

power of good talking than by any other means, 
wealth and the ability to keep a hospitable house 
not excepted. A really good talker is always at 
a social premium, so that a knowledge of the re- 
quisites of good talking will be ol interest to a 
great many bright people. For it must be con- 
fessed that men's ideas of the art are very crude 
and confused. W hen we talk of ' the art of con- 
versation' people reallj do not know what we 
mean. They do not know what the art is, or how 
it may be cultivated ; or, indeed, that it is any- 
thing more than a natural knack. 

The first requisite of a good talker is genuine 
social sympathy. A man may not say, out of 
some selfish motive, or some motive of personal 
policy, 'Goto! I will become a good talker.' He 
must enjoy society, and have a genuine desire to 
serve and please. We have all seen the talker 
who talks for his own purposes, or talks to please 
himself. He is the well-known character — the 
talking bore. The talker who gets himself up for 
show, who plans his conversations for an evening, 
and crams for them, becomes intolerable. He 
lectures; he does not converse; for there is no 
power of a talker so delightful as that of exciting 
others to talk, and listening to what his own in- 
spiring and suggestive utterances have called forth. 
Genuine social sympathy and a hearty desire to 
please others are necessary to produce such a 
talker as this, and no other is tolerable. Social 
sympathy is a natural gift, and there is a combina- 
tion of other gifts which constitute what may be 
called esprit, that are very essential to a good 
talker. This combination includes individuality, 
tact and wit — the talents, aptitudes and peculiar 
characteristic charm which enable a man to use 
the materials of conversation in an engaging way, 
entirely his own ; for every good talker has his 
own way of saying good things, as well as of man- 
aging conversation based on his esprit. 

Yet it is true that there are no good talkers who 
depend upon their natural gifts and such material 
as they get in the usual interchanges of society. 
For the materials of conversation we must draw 
upon knowledge. No man can be a thoroughly 
;.o >d talker who does not know a great deal. So- 
cial sympathy and 'the gift of gab' go but a short 
way toward producing good conversation, though 
we hear a great deal of this kind of talk among the 
young. Sound and exact knowledge is the very 
basis of good conversation. To know a great many 
things well is to have in hand the best and most 
reliable materials of good conversation. There is 
nothing like abundance and exactness of knowledge 
with which to furnish a talker. Next to this, per- 
haps, is familiarity with polite literature. The 
faculty of quoting from the best authors is a very 
desirable one. Facts are valuable, and thoughts 
perhaps are quite as valuable, especially as they 
are more stimulating to the conversation of a group. 
The talker who deals alone in facts is quite likely 
to have the talk all to himself, while the man who 
is familiar with thoughts and ideas, as he has found 
them embodied in literature, becomes a stimulator 
of thought and conversation in those around him. 
Familiarity with knowledge and with the products 
of literary art cannot be too much insisted on as 
the furniture of good conversation. 

Beyond this, the good talker must be familiar 
with current thought and events of his time. 
There should be no movement in. politics, religion 
and society, that the good talker is not familiar 
with. Indeed, the man who undertakes to talk 
at all must know what is uppermost in men's 
minds, and be able to add to the general fund of 
thought and knowdege, and respond to the popular 
inquiry and the popular disposition for discussion. 
The man who undertakes to be a good talker 
should never be caught napping concerning any 
current topic of immediate public interest. 

How to carry and convey superiority of know- 
lege and culture without appearing to be pedantic, 
how to talk out of abundant stores of information 
and familiarity with opinion without seeming to 
preach, as Coleridge was accused of doing, belongs, 
with the ability to talk well, to 'the art of conver- 
sation.' It has seemed to us that if young people 

could only see how shallow and silly very much 
of their talk is, and must necessarily be, so long 
as they lack the materials ot conversation, they 
would take more pains with their study, would 
devote themselves more to the best books, and 
that, at least, they would acquire ami maintain 
more familiarity with important current events. 
To know something is the best cure for neighbor- 
hood gossip, for talk about dress, and for ten 
thousand frivolities and silliness of society. Be- 
sides, a good talker needs an audience to under- 
derstand and respond to him. and where is he to 
find one if there is not abundant culture around 
him ? — Scnlmer's Monthly. 

Smith— This 'Troiades' of Euripides is just one 
long wail. 

Brown — Whale? About fifty feet? 
Smith — Yes; lots of blubber in it. 

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Scotch Caps, from 50c, 

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There are two main streets running through the 
Latin Quarter, the boulevard St. Germain, paralell 
with the Seine, and the boulevard St. Michel, at 
right angles to it. These are arteries of the city 
itself, and on them a great deal of business is done, 
and a lar;:e traffic accommodated. But, with this 
exception, the streets of the Quarter are compara- 
tively quiet, and free from business other than 
what is merely local. Take fifty steps from the 
boulevards and you find yourself in little narrow 
quiet rues, inhabited principally by the students. 

And now to say something of the way in which 
the Paris student lives. His first care is to find a 
room. There is no such thing as a private house, 
at least not one in which a stranger is likely to be 
admitted as a member of the family. All the 
dwellings are built on the apartment system : that 
is, large houses rented out in rooms or flats, and a 
concierge or janitor quartered near the door to keep 
an eye on those who enter, receive letters from the 
postman, and the like. All the houses in the 
Quarter are of this kind, and furnished rooms in 
them, including attendance, are let at from six to 
ten dollars a month. The furniture always in- 
cludes a range of book-shelves and a clock. A 
student considers himself fortunate if he is no 
higher than the fifth story. Once installed he 
comes in at any hour he chooses, goes out at any 
hour he chooses and receives whoever and whenever 
he likes. 

A restaurant is next to be found, and one that is con- 
venient to a particular school or college is selected. 
The Quarter is full of student restaurants, and per- 
haps a good idea of them may be conveyed by a de- 
scription of one of the best patronized, Mongeon, in 
the rue St. Jacques, within two hundred yards of 
Notre Dame. Four or five hundred students 
dine here every day. They begin to come in about 
eleven o'clock for breakfast, and about six for 
dinner. No one takes more than two meals a day. 
The bill of fare is pretty much the same for both 
breakfast and dinner, and consists of roasted and 
boiled meats, fish, steak, vegetables, bread, cheese 
and fruit. The price of everything is marked on 
the card, and one only pays for what he gets. Each 
one orders a half bottle of wine, most of the stu- 
dents being satisfied with vin ordinaire at four cents 
for the detni-bouteillc, while the few whose purses 
are longer indulge in Macon at ten cents, or Sau- 
terne, at fifteen cents for the same quantity The 
prices are reasonable, considering that everything 
which enters the city for consumption pays a tax 
before it can be marketed. The quality is also fair, 
though the student is well aware that the Swiss 

/^- ' *0 fit 

^l ; ■ . (Le-. 

cheese he orders for dessert has never seen a milk- 
pail, and that in the matter of meat the probabilit y 
is that what he called for as beef is only horse- 
flesh. Hut on this point he is at case; why should 
not horse be as good as bullock ? He drinks 
neither tea nor coffee at the restaurant, an I never 
uses butter on his bread. He knows how to make 
a salad, and this is one of his favorite dishes. At 
Mongeon's such a breakfast or dinner as I have 
described costs from twenty to thirty cents, not 
counting two sous which every guest places on the 
table for the garcon. Instead of the proprietor 
paying the waiters the waiters pay the proprietor 
for the privilege of serving. 

The French are said to lead the rest of the world 
in table etiquette, but certainly one sees nothing to 
bear this out among the students. You never hear 
those fine phrases with which the average French- 
English grammar teems, such as avez la bonte de 
me paser le frontage ; but garcon un pain et depechez- 
vous. At Mongeon's you hear several languages 
spoken. There were always eight or ten of what 
we called the Anglo- American crowd, and, with the 
exception of myself and another, they spoke German 
and French as fluently as English. They talked 
in whichever tongue happened to suit the occasion 
or the company. Opposite us there was a table of 
Armenians and Greeks who spoke their own 
tongue among themselves, but they were also well 
up in French, and two of them, educated in the 
Roberts College at Constantinople, were lair 
English scholars as well. Then there were young 
fellows from Geneva who spoke French, Italian 
and German, the three languages of Switzerland. 
Besides these you might hear Spanish, Italian, 
Japanese, and several other languages during the 
progress of a meal. It is the ability of a great 
many students to speak at least two languages that' 
strikes the Englishman or American when he visits 
the continental universities. 

If he is not extremely hard up, the Paris student 
has also a cafe whither he resorts after meals. 
Here he drinks a glass of coffee, always with sugar, 
but not often with cream, reads the papers, writes 
his letters, and meets his friends. Some of the best 
cafes in Paris are in the Quarter, and they are always 
filled with students. Coffee is the common drink, 
though of late absinthe, a dangerous mixture, and 
vermouth, have become popular. Nearly everyone 
smokes cigarettes. With the pourboire to the gar- 
con, a glass of good coffee costs nine or ten cents. 
Unless the students are on the most intimate terms, 
each man pays his own reckoning ; there is no such 
thing as treating recognized. 

The day is filled out something in this way : up 
about ten, unless you are a medical and have an 
early clinic or an early lecture ; breakfast at from 
eleven to one o'clock ; an hour at the cafe ; lectures 
and study in the afternoon ; dinner at six ; another 
hour at the cafe, and the evening at your books 
or the theatre or the public balls, as it suits your 
taste, or the necessity of an approaching examination 

All through the Quarter are book stalls and book 
stores, and at these reprints of modern English 
works, such as those of Spencer, Huxley, Darwin, 
of German scientific books, the classics, translations 
and the other college text books are to be had at 
one half of English or American prices. You can 
pick up almost any book second-hand. Paris is 
noted for its schools of medicine, and the libraires 
of the Quarter for their publications in this 

If you happen to be well posted, you will often 
(Continued on fourth page.) 



There is one phase of academical education in 
this province to which the advocates and support- 
ers of the non-denominational system seerrl to at- 
tach far too little importance, and which, as it con- 
cerns the students of University College no less 
than the graduates of the University of Toronto, 
may properly be discussed in the White and Blue. 

Toronto University is the only non-denomina- 
tional university in the province, and University 
College is the only non-denominational college, 
while there are no fewer than five denominational 
institutions indued with collegiate as well as uni- 
versity functions. These latter, it must be borne 
in mind, are not in a state of mere passive exist. 
ence. Those placed in charge of them are active 
and energetic in their appeals to the sympathy 
and liberality of their respective churches, and the 
people who own them and take a creditable pride 
m them have responded to these appeals with the 
most praiseworthy liberality. Large endowment 
binds are in process of collection for Victoria and 
Queens, and although Trinity, Albert, and the 
Western University are not yet in so satisfactory 
a position, there is little doubt that their hold upon 
their supporters is equally as strong. 

I do not see, in all this denominational activity, 
any cause for regret from a non-sectarian univer- 
sity point of view. On the contrary, I rejoice at 
the success of all such appeals, hoping only that 
tin: time will yet come when some basis of co-oper- 
ation between all ourcolleges will be found. Hut, 
under existing circumstances, there is no use of 
shutting our eyes to the fact that denominational 
aggressivness is a source of danger to the Uni- 
versity of Toronto and University College. As 
the result of each appeal to denominational liber- 
ality, the interest in the denominational system is 
strengthened, while, on the other hand, because 
nothing is done to popularize the Provincial insti- 
tutions, or keep them before the public eye, and 
win for them a growing share of the public sym- 
pathy, they are liable to lose ground relatively in 
public favor. 

I have no fear of an early attempt on the part 
of any ot the denominations to secure a share of 
the endowment fund of the University of Toronto 
and University College, for the very excellent rea- 
son that that endowment is no longer sufficient for 
the wants of these institutions themselves. But 
when additional provision for non-sectarian higher 
education is wanted— as wanted it will be before 
long — where is it to come from? Is an appeal to 
the Legislature likely to prove successful when the 
Legislative Assembly is made up of representatives 
of a people the great majority of whom are active 
in their sympathy with and support of their own 
denominational college ? And if no assistance is 
forthcoming, what will, in the not far-distant 
future, become of our boasted pre-eminence in point 
ol educational standard ? The day may even come 
when tin- majority of the people, seeing the work 
of higher education done in a way to suit them in 
institutions of their own, may be prepared to affirm 
that a State-endowed college is an expensive 

Should that timeeome. where is the defence of the 
non-sectarian system to come from ? \\ ho is doing 

anything just now to popularize either the Univer- 
sity or ihe Callage. Both the University Senate 
and College Council jog along as if there were no 
rocks ahead to keep a look-out for, and no rough 
places to be made smooth for the educational ma- 
chine The graduates take so little interest in 
matters connected with their Alma Mater that 
meeting after meeting of Convocation fails for 
want of a quorum. The only activity manifested 
at all is displayed by the students of the College, 
and their energies seem to be so exhausted by their 
undergraduate course that they become hum-drum 
graduates like the rest of us. While the universi- 
ties and colleges have successful alumni associa- 
tions and academical gala days, we cannot get up a 
successful reunion at any time or for any purpose. 
I do not wish to hold any person or class re 
sponsible for this state of affairs. I have simply 
referred briefly to some matters which all can see 
for themselves; which we all ■admit in conference 
with each other, and which we all deplore, but 
apparently never think of remedying. I do so not 
to discourage but to warn. I earnestly hope, but 
I certainly do not expect, that the institutions we 
are so justly proud of will not suffer from the de- 
plorable apathy of their own alumni. 

Wm. Houston. 

To sum up, these figures show that there are 
450 bona fide undergraduates now proceeding to 
the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the University of 
Toronto ; that there are 350 of these 450 attending 
lectures at University College, andthat this number 
of 350 is increased to about 400 when the non- 
matriculants are added. 


At the general election in June for the Ontario 
Assembly the following graduates of the University 
of Toronto were returned : 

Adam Crooks, B.A., '52, LL.D.,'63 (Gold Medal- 
list, Classics, Silver, Metaphysics), Minister of 
Education, Member ofthe Senate of the University 
of Tqyonto — Oxford, South. 

W. R. Meredith, LL.B., '72 — London. 

Col. J. M. Gibson, B.A . '63, LL.B., 69 (Silver 
Medallist, Classics and Modern Languages and 
Prince's Prizeman, Gold Medallist in Law); Mem- 
ber of the Senate of the University of Toronto- 

Richard Harcourt, B.A., '70 (Silver Medallist 
Metaphysics) — Monck. 

H. M. Deroche, B.A. T>8, (Silver Medallist 
Modern Languages) — Addington. 

W. H. Scott, U.A., '60 -Peterboro', West. 

John Carscaden, M.B., '63— Elgin, West. 

R. H. Robinson, MB., '73 Cardwell. 

H. Robertson, M. B., '70 — Halton. 


The increase in the number of undergraduates 
of the University of Toronto, must be a source of 
gratification to those iinme liately connected with 
it, and to the people of Ontario, whose institution 
it is. In 1869, the undergraduates in Arts numbered 
268; in 1875, 310; in 1878, 460, Allowance, how- 
ever, must be made for about no men who have 
either dropped their course, or gone to some other 
University to complete it ; leaving about 350 under- 
graduates in 1878. After making a deduction of 
40 for those who graduated in last J une, and an 
addition of 14G for those who matriculated in June 
and September of this year, the total number of 
undergraduates now proceeding to the degree of 
Bachelor of Arts will be found to be 456 or, in 
round numbers, four hundred and fifty. In the 
faculties of Law and Medicine, the figures are 
almost as satisfactory. 

The statistics of University College exhibit the 
same favourable progress. The freshmen pre- 
sented at Convocation during the past eight years 
numbered : 

1871, 41. 1S74, 36. 1877, 71. 

1872, 29. 1875, 47. 18,78, 78. 

1873, 28. 1876, 46. 

and yesterday 102 were presented for 1S79. This 
shows that of the 146 who matriculated at the 
University examination in Arts this yea'', 102 have 
already registered at the College;, and there is a 
prospect of at least fifteen or twenty more doing so. 
So far the total number of matriculated students 
registered for this year is 286, and it is not over- 
stating the' case to say, that at least a number 
sufficient to increase this to 350 have neglected to 
hand in their names, or have not yet arrived. 
Besides there must be at least 40 non-matriculated 
.Indents attending lectures. 

There should be a full attendance at the meeting 
f f the Society next Friday evening, when the ques- 
j tion of finances will be up. To do the work of the 
Society, and to put its building in order, more 
money is required, and the General Committee see 
only one way to raise it, an increase in the mem- 
bership fee. Most of the students admit that the 
increase is necessary; there is some difference as to 
its amount. 


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There is a proposition now before the Baptist 
denomination of this province to remove their 
theological department from the institution con- 
trolled by them at Woodstock to Toronto. A prom- 
i lent member ofthat church is willing to contribute 
i 75,000 toward the project, and others are prepared 
tj imitate his example. The scheme includes a 
policy like that so satisfactorily pursued by the 
Presbyterians in the matter of Knox College : send- 
ing their men to University College for an Arts 
education, and building a divinity hall near by 
v. here all the energies of the professors are "direct- 
ed to theology proper. 

This system is also being followed with regard to 
the Protestant Episcopal Divinity School in this 
city. Several of the students there are either 
graduates or undergraduates of the University of 
Toronto, and the professors are thereby enabled to 
confine themselves to the real objects of the insti- 
tution, th ! preparation of young men for the minis- 
try. It is understood that a site has been secured 
convenient to the college, and that a theological 
hall will soon be erected on it. 

The position occupied by University College in 
relation to theology was well brought out by Vice- 
Chancellor Muss m his address at Convocation 
yesterday. He said : 

Although this is a non-sectarian college, and although yon 
do not teach the dogmas of any form ot Christian belie!, yet 
in your course are subjects of study which are ot the highest 
value, and ol the utmost importance to those who propose 
devoting themselves to the task of preparing their fellows 
tor that future into which we must all enter. I do not hesi- 
tate lo say that I believe this college may well make tt a 
special object to show to the world that while it is uncon- 
1 with an>' special denomination ot Christainity, it is 
able to imp. u t tiktlie young man who attends its courses, and 
listens to the teachings of its lecturers and prohssors, the 
greal truths ili'.it torn) the essence of all real religion. 


The Arts graduating class of 'So is made up thus: 
Classics, 7, 111 Mathematics, 4; Moderns, 5; 

Naturals, 5; Methaphysics, 14; Pass, 22; a total 

of 57. 

The fourth-year honor-men in Natural Science 
take their lectures and labratory work in the School 
ot Practical Science; so that their well know forms 
are now seldom seen around University College. 
Prof, Wright still lectures on the pass subjects to 
students of the other years in his old lecture-room; 
but Prof, Crofl and Prof. Chapman have moved 
entirely to the new building. 

Tin-: Knox College glee club has been started 
again this session under favorable auspices. There 
i^ a mem 1 11 -i ,hi 1 of seventeen, all of whom are good 
musicians, and inder the trainingof Mr. It. G.Coll- 
ii s. The club as in years past, will continue to sing 
or two glees at each public meeting of the 
Metaphysical and Literary Society. The members 
lot practice every Monday and Wednesday 
a .ternoon at live o'clock. • 

The General Committee of the U. L. and S. 
S iciety have appointed three of their members, 
the President, Mr. Tyrrell, and Mr. llenidge, 
a sub-committee to canvas graduates for subscrip- 
tions toward fitting up the new quarters of the 

An undergraduate of the first year says that 
cardinal red was the prevalent color worn by the 
at tin games and convocation yesterday. 

The General Committee of the Society will rec- 
ommend to the College Council the name of Mr. 
Durance, the janitor, for the position of assistant 
curator, vacated by the resignation of Mr. McKim. 
There were lour applicants for the position 


There was a concurrence of happy circumstances 
that rendered the convocation oi yesterday the 
most successful one in the history ot University 
College. The weather was fine, the attendance 
large, the ladies being especially numerous, the 
number of new students presented unprecedented, 
and last but not least the presence of Dr. McCaul 
in the chair, apparently enjoying the best of health, 
and certainly in the best of spirits. On his right 
sat the Ministerof Education, the Hon. Mr. Crooks 
and on the left the Vice-Chancellor of the Uni- 
versity, Chief Justice Moss, and Prof. Goldwin 
Smith. All the professors were present, and seated 
on the platform. 

The new men were first pre'ented ; 4 ad nankin 
statum, 98 matriculated students — 1 in the 4th year, 
4 in the 3rd year, 29 in 2nd year, 04 in 1st year — 
102 in all 

The prize-winners at the college examinations of 
last session were then called up by the several pro- 
fessors, and the books presented by Dr. McCaul. 
Addresses by Professor Smith and Chief Justice 
Moss closed the , iw-^^.u... 


There was a fair attendance of members at the 
first meeting of the session, held last night in the 
old chemistry lecture room. The President, Mr. 
Vandersmissen, was in the Chair. 

The following new members were proposed : By 
J. Mutch— C. W. Mullov, E. R. Burkholder, D. 
Francis, '82; R. Kerr, R. C. Tibb, G. I. Biddell, 
'83. By J. Ballahtyne: W. F. Seymour, J. T. 
Fotheringham, Wm, Farquharson, Duncan McColl, 
J. L. Campbell, 'S3 ; W. A Duncan, '82. By A. C. 
Courtice: W. J.Greig, '§2. Bv A. H. McDougall: 
W. Elliott, W. O. Galloway" '82. By W. T. 
Herridge : Glass, S3. 

Communications were received : fromG. Acheson, 
tendering his resignation on the college paper 
committee; from A. Scrimger, resigning his posi- 
tion as Councillor ; from the Science Association 
of Victoria College, Cobourg, asking that four So- 
ciety unite with that body. The consideration of 
of these communications was deferred till next meet- ! 

The report of the General Committee, recom- 1 
mending that the first public meeting of this term 
be held on Friday, Nov. 14th, was adopted. The 
following members were elected to take part : 
Debaters: W. Johnston, M. A., M. McGregor, B. 
A., W. T. Herridge, W. A. Shortt ; Reader: G. 

W. J. Loudon gave notice of motion that at next 
meeting he would move, seconded by W. T. Her- 
ridge, that the constitution be amended so as to in- 
crease the annual subscription from $1.00 to ffr.50. 
The President had previously announced that the 
General Committee had appointed next meeting 
to discuss the constitution. 


Below will be found a report of the speech of 
Professor Goldwin Smith, at Convocation on Fri- 

At the conclusion of the distribution of the prizes 
Mr. Goldwin Smith was called upon. It was, he 
said, of course very interesting to one who was 
himself once engaged in similar university compet- 
tions to be present on an occasion of this kind. 
It recalled to his mind the days when he stood in 
trembling expectation at the doors of the examina- 
tion rooms at Oxford, and saw the examiners come 
forth with the honor lists in their hands. A good 
deal had been said of late against this system of 
competitive examinations and prizes, and a good 
deal had been said with truth. It had been said 
that the system was defective as a test. No doubt 

it was. All tests were more or less defective. But 
he did not think examination or prize tests, if 
well used, were more defective than tests in gen- 
eral. In his own experience, at least, the results of 
examinations generally corresponded with the pre- 
vious reputations of the students. It was also 
said that men were overstrained by these competi- 
tions. Sometimes, no doubt, they were. He did 
not think they were more often strained by com- 
petitions in examinations than by athletic competi- 
tions. Far more than health was endangered by 
vices which wait on idleness. He did not think 
any man who had a tolerable constitution need 
injure himself by competitive examinations, if he 
would only manage himself well, and abstain from 
habits which, under any circumstances, would be 
injurious to his health. If a professor found one 
of his pupils breaking down, he would do well to 
enquire whether he was reading too much; but he 
would also do well to enquire whether he smoked 
too many cigars or read too late at night. (Ap- 
plause and laughter.) Reading late at night, he 
was convinced, had been the occasion of many a 
physical collapse, while, on the contrary, a great 
deal more work might be done without injury to the 
health by reading early in the morning. He re- 
membered once meeting the late Lord Westbury, 
who was then Sir Kichard Bethel. He was at the 
time the Attorney-General of England, with a 
tremendous amount of professional work during 
the day, and obliged to attend in Parliament at 
night. Sir Richard, nevertheless, looked perfectly 
fresh and healthy, and he (Mr. Smith) compliment- 
ed him on his appearance. " Yes," said Sir Rich- 
ard, '• and I owe it to this, that I have always 
worked early in the morning and not late at night. 1 ' 
He added, with a sort of complacency, " I set out 
in life with many dear friends who have worked 
late at night, and I have buried them all." (Laugh- 
ter.) Far be it from him to say that reading for ex- 
amination or prizes is the highest motive for 
reading. Love of study and a sense of duty weie 
higher motives for competition, and the more they 
could dispense with the latter, and substitute the 
former, the better. But they could not do that al- 
ways. He was glad to see the list of matriculated 
students increasing from year to year. He was one 
of those who believed Canada would see that in 
the end it was better to have one great university 
than a number of small ones — (loud applause) — 
that we should learn that instead of scattering our 
resources, we should concentrate them, and concen- 
trate them here. (Renewed applause.) He hoped 
also that the time was not far distant when the 
University would become the real centre of our 
whole educational system. Among the questions 
agitated in England when he was last there, was 
the one to which he had alluded — the question be- 
tween the strengthening of the old centres of learn- 
ing and the multiplication of universities ; and al- 
though Owen College had been established success- 
fully, he thought the multiplication of universities 
was likely to stop there. He found also the dis- 
position to place the educational administration 
beyond the sphere of politics. He had great re- 
spect for our educational administrators, and the 
excellent Minister of Education we had in particu- 
lar, but he believed the interests of our national 
education should above all be kept entirely clear 
of politics, and it appeared to him that public 
thought was tending in the direction of centraliz- 
ing our university system there. (Applause.) 



/'HO TOQKA PHERS, 1: '/'<'. 
3c) and 41 King Street West, Toronto. 

Dominion Exhibition, Highest Honors, Bronze Medal for 
Plain Photography, 


Continued from first page. 
come across the leading men of the country in the 
cafes of the Quarter, and sometimes even in the 
students' resturants. The best artist of one of the 
first comic papers of Paris was often at Mongeon's, 
not because he could not afford to live across the 
river, but he preferred the free and easy manners 
of his old quarters. Nine-tenths of the prominent 
men of France have passed through the Quarter, 
and they return every now and then to the sceneof 
their youth. Gambetta's freaks and life as a student 
of the Quarter are now beginning to leak out, and 
they show him to have been pretty much like the 
average French student, rather an easygoing chap. 

Nobody attempts to interfere with a student's 
freedom while in the Quarter. He may shout or 
sing as much as he likes in the streets, and the 
police never check him. Half a dozen of them 
may hire a cab for a jaunt in the evening, 
and no one is surprised to see one sitting with the 
driver, and another on the horses back with his 
face toward the rear, laughing at his friends in the 
carriage, trying to sing the popular air of the day. 
whatever it may be. And then as to clothes : he 
can wear the most glaring colors, or the oddest 
shaped garments ever invented and nobody notices 
them. The only point in dress on which the 
Parisian students agree is that of hats : eleven out 
of every twelve wear fashionable plugs. What 
would the people of Toronto say if our men all 
took to tall hats ? 

As to the expense of the French student : his 
books cost him much less than ours, and he has 
little or no fees to pay. P>ut his living is a rather 
important item. The room costs him, say, at least 
seven dollars a month, and his meals and coffee 
other twenty dollars. A go id many do live cheaper 
than this but they have to economise in every 
possible way. When pocket money, washing bill, 
and cloths are added, it will be seen that very little 
is left out of an allowance of forty or fifty dollars 
a month. All the Anglo American students have 
at least one hundred and twenty five francs — 
twenty five dollars a fortnight. Several of these 
same men had studied at Heidelberg and Peipsic 
on thirty dollars a month. Hut to show what can 
be done in the way of economy: a friend of mine 
had overdrawn his allowance, and he was forced to 
cut down expenses so as to get on his feet ag in. 
Accordingly lie organized a commissariat, of which 
he was chief and body, purchased and cooked the 
supplies himself, kept away from restaurants and 
cafes, and got through the month, rent and all on 
eighteen dollars. 

The idea of pleasure enters into French students 
conception of ■ going to College ' to a much greater 
degree than with the Anglo-Saxon or German. 
True, he intends becoming a doctor, or an advocate, 
or an engineer, but while on the way he is not going 
to kill himself with study, or deny himself a full 
share of the pleasures of the gay capital. As ?. 
matter of fact, his pursuit of enjoyment is often to 
his permanent injury. The theatres that he 
attends may and probably have good actors, but 
the pieces themselves are dangerous; the public 
balls may be attractive, but the society he encoun- 
ters there is the very worst a young man can fall 
in with ; the books or papers that he reads for 
recreation are written for anything but to point a 
moral ; and the women whom he nows are not of 
the highest type. It is n ,t much wonder, then, 
that the French student has little or no religion, 
scarcely troubles himself about the moral side of 
anything; has rather light ideas on questions which 
are always respected by Fnglish ami German- 
speaking students and regards the purity of women 
as a fiction of the dramatist and novelist. M. 

A students' guild, after the kind of similar insti- 
tutions in Germany, has been formed at Cornell 
University, and includes most of the students there. 
Each student pays seventy-five cents a year, and 
the proceeds are used to defray the expenses of 
poor and struggling studants when they get sick. 



A large number of spectators, chiefly ladies, 
witnessed the major College Athletic Sports, on 
the afternoon of Friday. The conduct of the 
games reflects credit on the managing committee, 
the grounds being in perfect order, and the prizes 
elegant. No grumbling has been heard among the 
competitors, either regarding the conduct of the 
games or the appropriations of the prizes. The 
first event was the half-mile race, for which there 
were six entries, and which was won by A. Mc- 
Munchy in 2.22J; A. H. Watson, second. H. K. 
Woodruff took the residence prize. 

The second event was the one hundred-yard 
race, for which there were ten entries, It was 
easily won by A. V. Lee, who led by two or three 
yards; H. O. E. Pratt, second, followed at about 
four yards by five or six in a bunch. Mr. Lee's 
time was ia\ seconds. 

The graduate's race, 220 yards, was a, very close 
contest. J. A. Cutharn^ R.A., winning by otie or two 
feet ; T. A. Haultain, B.A., second. No official 

The mile race, for which there were four entries, 
was won without much difficulty by G. G. S. Pind- 
sey in 5.29; Morris a good second; Woodruff the 
residence prize. 

The Hurdle race (220 yards, 6 hurdles) was won 
easily by T. Nelson in 31 J seconds; J, A. McLean 

The strangers' race, for which three entered, was 
won bv Mr. Arthur ; his splendid stride covered 
a not very 'teitfr quarter of a mile in 54J seconds. 
Mr. Bonnell took second place. 

There were only two entries for the three-legged 

' race, which was won by Messrs. F. Nelson and T. 

{ C. Milligan in the very good time of 12J seconds. 

Messrs. J. B. Smith and A. Haig were beaten by 

three or four yards. 

The half-mile race, open to undergraduates of 
! Canadian universities, was won by G. A. Strick- 
land, of University College, in 2.10$ ; A. F. Camp- 
bell, of Trinity, being second. 

For the championship race, quarter mile, there 
were only two entries, Mr. Lee's reputation pre- 
venting many from opposing him ; it was won, as 
everyone expected, by A. V. Lee. time 57J 
seconds ; O. E. Pratt second. 

The consolation race, 220 yards, for which there 
were three entries, was very close throughout ; 
Boultbee won in 28J seconds; F. H. Keefer, 

The minor events were contested on the Satur- 
day previous, and won as follows: 


Throwing cricket ball — Nelson, 102 yards 1 foot 
Punning high jump -Lee, 4 feet 8 inches ; Pratt 
I 4 feet 5 inches. 

Punning long jump — Pratt 17 feet 4 inches; 
I Davis, second ; Davison, residence prize. 

Putting the stone (15 lbs.) — Lee 20, feet 4 inches. 
Hop, step, and jump — Lee, 37 feet 4 inches ; 
, Pratt, second. 

Walking race — Morris, 9 minutes; Me Andrew, 

Steeplechase, £ mile— Lee, 5 minutes 9 seconds; 
i Lindsey, second. 

Kicking the football--Campbell, C. G., 128 feet. 
Race in heavy marching order— 220 yards, Haig ; 
McEachern, second. 

Seivants' race— Walker; Bullen, second. 
The prizes were presented in the Convocation 
Hall by Miss Macdonald, who accompanied each 
prize by appropriate and encouraging remarks. 

Association Football. — The Association foot- 
ball team to represent the Col'ege next week at the 
Cobourg tournament will be chosen on Monday. 

The rifle match of the College Company will be 
held within a couple of weeks. Several ot the men 
are at the ranges to-day. 

There is some prospect of University College 
having a gymnasium. A place has already been 
set apart for one in the Society's building, and it is 
understood that the College Council will furnish 
half of the cost of furniture and appliances, pro- 
vided that the studen's take the intiative, and 
make good the other half. Last winter, when the 
question was first mooted, ninety students were 
willing to subscribe. A meeting of students to 
consider the question will te held on the 30th. 

At the games of the Queen's Own on Saturday, 
several prizes were taken by members of the Uni- 
versity Company : 220 yards race, heavy marching 
order, Pte. Haig, 1st, time 33J secouds ; halt-mile 
race, Pte. Lindsey, 1st ; one mile race, Pte. Lind- 
sey, 2nd. Co. K also came out best in the tug of 
war, but a protest was entered, and decision has 
been reserved. 




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' Abundat dulcibus vitiis.' — (Editor). 

When day is slowly waning, and silence reigns supreme, 
And the sun is lost in the shadows, as a face fades away in a 

dream ; 
When hushed in the dark-pathed woodlands is the love song 

of the dove, 
My thoughts, like the needle polewards, return to thee my 


When far in the gloomy forest by some still lake I roam, 
And, like the savage, acknowledge the birchen shade my 

Or borne on the ocean's bosom, the stars shining bright 

My thoughts, like the needle polewards, return to thee my 

love. ' 

If wealth and glory and honor were showered on me from 

Of little account would I hold them, unless too I had thy 

And if poor in this world's riches 'twere my lot on earth to 

My thoughts, like the needle polewards, would still return 

to thee. 

[Note. — The Mahommedans are said never to tread on a 
piece of paper lest the name of Allah should be written upon 
it. Without professing this belief, a member of The White 
and Blue staff picked up a piece of paper, yellow with age, 
the other evening in the quad, with the above ' love song' 
written neatly upon it. Plainly it is the production'of some 
freshman of the 'good-old-times' type, who was badly 
smitten for the first time. Though the average freshman 
would have been sure to scribble the most outrageous trash, 
our ' good-old-times ' friend seems to have been so severely 
hit as to give vent to a wail worthy of a better fate than kin- 
dling an undergrade fire in the present degenerate age. -En.] 


Strong believers in classical education ourselves, 
and believing fully that no modern language can 
quite take the place of Greek and Latin, grieved 
as we should be to see them thrown aside, we fetT 
sure that the day is not far distant when our col- 
leges will have to add a third course ; call it Eng- 
glish, literary, business, or what you will. * * 
! In such a course, g ve the student thorough in- 
i struction in the English language, its history, its 
J formation and its powers. A very elementary 
knowledge of Greek and Latin will give enough to 
j enable him t</ understand the derivations^. t)e- 
' mand this, and you will get it. Then let him study 
Our fail stock of Hats ,s now opened up. Christy's reading— elocution, if that sounds better. Let th- 
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Hat from Si 75 to *3 

The New Broadway light weight Stiff Hat; also Boys' 
Hard and Soft Felt Mats, and an immense- stock of Boyi 
Scotch Caps, from 50c, 

Ten per cent, discount to students, 

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great authors be studied critically, the allusions 
hunted up, the geography and history looked out. 
Let the history studied be judiciously selected; 
not only events and their causes and effects learn- 
ed, but the philosophy of it all appreciated. ' Let 
him study the history of the Christian Crurc'\ its 
rise, progress, its decadence, and then its Kelor- 
mation, and the rise of the various Protestant srets. 
Let one age of English literature be compared 
with another, and the characteristics of each 
be noted; then let him also study social science, 
hygiene, and political economy, with especial refer- 
ence to modern systems of banking and commercial 
business generally. 

Let practical geology be taught, the names of the 
common stones be 'known, — building stones and 
others. Let him learn to use hiseyefi in his walks, 
and notice the lay of the land. So with botany : 
let the useful woods, ornamental and building be 
known. Drawing, freehand and mechanical, should 
not be omitted. Add to this book-keeping, if you 
must, though we believe one weeks experience in 
an office is worth forty outside. Add other things 
as they suggest themselves, and you will have a 
course that will commend itself to many a parent, 
who, though able to send his son to college, does 
not do it, because he does not find what he wants, 
what seems practical in his eyes. — The Haverfordian. 


A college student, in rendering to his father 
an account of his term expenses, inserted ; " To 
charity, $30.'' His father wrote back. " I fear 
charity covers a multitude of sins." 

Cornell has a base ball club, and the Era hopes 
that the nine will see the necessity of hard work in 
the gymnasium during the winter, and out-door 
practice as soon as the spring opens. Rather 
severe' training. 

" Where are you going, my pretty maid?" 
" I'm going to the Annex, sir," she said. 

" What to do there, my pretty maid ?" 
" I'm going to be cultured, sir," she said. 

, "What are your studies, my pretty maid ?" 
" Chinese and Quarternions, sir," she said. 

" Then who wijl marry you, my pretty maid ?" 
" Cultured girls don't marry, sir," she said. 

— Harvard Crimson. 

There is probably no country in the world which 
equals the Sandwich Islands in point of general 
education. For a population considerably less 
than that of Toronto, there are no less than 223 
educational institutions, of which 16 are high 
schools. Up to the age of sixteen attendance at 
school, during the whole year, is compulsorv, and 
the law is strictly enforced. Consequently it is a 
very rare thing to find a native that cannot read 
and write well, and does not know something about 
'figures In the high schools considerable attention 
is paid to mathematics and navigation ; plane and 
spherical trigonometry, conic sections, etc., are 
taught to a very proficient class. They have, how- 
ever, no practical ability, and scarcely one of 
them on emerging from college, a full fledged 
graduate, would have brains and common sense 
enough to tun a pea-nut stand, much less a more 
pretentious business. 

It is a noticeable fact that, in the estimation of 
many young ladies, autumn leaves are much more 
plentiful in number, and more gorgeous in tints, in 
the immediate vicinity of the College than in any 
other place in Toronto. 

Kripsakes are often the closing act of acquaint- 
anceship. Two girls spend some years together 
at school, and part, thinking that in all the years 
to come they will be as fondly attached to each 
other as now when they exchange keepsakes, and 
for the first few days after separation gaze tear- 
fully and sadly at the memento; but time heals all 
wounds, and presently they look tenderly at them, 
not so much a pledge of what shall be as a memo- 
rial of the pust. 


after life. The first question before the people of 
Canada to-day is one which should be settled on 
the principles of Political Economy. Yet Univer- 
sity College is not fitting its students to help in 

United States, of Great Britain, of Germany, of 
France, are all exercised over fiscal questions — 
economical issues are the real issues of the day. 
And Political Economy is pre-eminently an Eng- 
lish science. English names — from Adam Smith 
down to John Stuart Mill — are the great names 
in this study; and English universities have been 
and are noted for being the home of many promi- 
nent thinkers on Political Economy. Cambridge 
has its Professor Fawcett, Oxford its Rogers 
and one of the leading names of University 
College, London, was that of the late Profes- 
sor Cairnes. Both Yale and Harvard Colleges 
have secured well-known political economists 
from England to lecture in those institutions. 
But as yet a lecture on Political Economy is un- 
known to our college. 

Of course it will be said that the college has 
not the means to establish a chair in Political 
Economy. If it has not the Province has, and I 
think if the matter were brought before the people 
through the Legislature the money would soon be 
forthcoming. Graduate. 



The University of Toronto, as an xamining 
body, allows candidates for the degree ( 'i" Bachelor 
of Arts to choose one of -five .<v n .ior departments, 
or to take a pass course made up of something 
from each of these. Uni /ersity College, as a 
teaching body, has adopted this division, and has 
apportined the professors to the departments as 
follows: — i. Classics, one professor, one tutor ; a. 
Mathematics, one professor, one tutor; 3. Moderns, 
one professor, three language lecturers ; 4. Natural 
Science, live professors; 5. Mental and Moral 
Science and Civil Polity, one professor of Mental 
and Moral Science. Now, it is to urge the neces- 
sity there is for a professor of Civil Polity that I 
ask the attention of the readers of this paper. 

Compared with the first four departments, it 
will be seen that that of Mental and Moral Science 
and Civil Polity has only one professor, while the 
others have at least two, and some of them four 
and five. But I do not wish to be understood as 
being of opinion that any of the professorships 
should be transferred from the first four to the 
fifth ; on the contrary I would like to see them all 

The difference is still more pronounced when 
other facts are taken into consideration. The 
number of men graduating this year in department 
five, according to a statement in last week's White 
and Blue, is fourteen ; and on enquiry I learn 
that the numbers taking the same course in the 
third and second years are much larger — as a mat- 
ter of fact larger than those of any other depart- 
ment. Yet this is the department in which in one 
of its sub-departments, that of Civil Polity, there 
is no instruction given. 

In the departments of Classics, Mathematics and 
Modern Languages, a student is in a much better 
position to take lessons from a man a year ahead 
of him than a student in Mental and Moral Science 
and Civil Polity is. In fact no one would think of 
going to a senior for assistance in the matter of 
Civil Polity. And still further, more or less of the 
round work of all the other departments is got 
up by students at the grammar schools before they 
enter college. But Mental and Moral Science and 
Civil Polity are subjects of which students know 
really nothing till they attend lectures in Mental 
and Moral Science, or read as best they can the 
text books prescribed in Civil Polity. 

And what does Civil Polity — this sub-department 
in which no lectures whatever are given —include. 
Roughly speaking, it embraces an investigation 
into the principles of Law, a study of the British 
Constitution, and a pretty full course in Political 
Economy. No one will deny that our Constitu- 
tion and the principles of government are worthy 
of all the attention a student can give them. True, 
those who are pursuing this subject in department 
five might derive great benefit from the lectures in 
department three, but at present there is no ar- 
rangement whereby the students of the two de- 
partments can follow a common study together. 
As to Political Economy, surely it is of prime im- 
portance that our young men should receive as- 
sistance in endeavouring to master this subject. It 

... . , . ... to their Alma Mater, which will at all times coun- 

ts certainly of a practical nature, and one to which | sel them t() forwarc i her interests. And the mem- 

they will frequently have their attention drawn in ory of the past will be kept fresh by the occurrence 

of such re-unions of undergraduates, as the 
public meetings of the Literary Society, the an- 
nual Conversazione, and, it is hoped, by the peru- 
sal of The White and Blue ; while the ever-in- 
creasing number of her undergraduates, and the 

the solution of that question. The people of the high positions taken by those who have passed 

Mr. Houston's excellent remarks in the last 
issue of The White and Blue deserve a careful 
consideration from every loyal undergraduate of 
the University, and no one giving them thought 
can arrive at a conclusion other than that they are 
lamentably true. 

The lack of community of interest among us has 
often been the subject of regretful remark; and, 
while many of us sigh for the esprit dc corps which' 
characterizes the intercourse of students in the 
old land and on the continent, we never seem to 
be willing to expend as much breath in trying to 
foster it. Nor might it be desirable, in some re- 
spects, that this spirit should prevail ; indeed, if 
it did, there no doubt would be many repentances 
about examination time ; but we certainly could be 
more sociable without imparing ourselves in any 
way. At present we cannot sustain any ..tudents' 
societies. The glee club and other undertakings 
were suffocated by the apathy of the students, and 
the one institution at all successful in bringing our 
undergraduates together, the Literary Society, 
lives on tne principle of ' the survival of the fittest.' 
Happily, there are no discords among us causing 
our unsociability ; it is the result of force of cir- 
cumstances. We never can have unity of action 
upon anything until we have similarity of cir- 
cumstances. Scattered as we are through the 
city, we can hardly be expected to attend re-unions 
of all kinds ; and never till the authorities see fit 
to enlarge the residence so as to accommodate all 
wishing to enter it, and also to compel a year's 
residence at least from those attending lectures — 
never, till this is done, can we have successful 

But, in the meantime, much can be done to 
ameliorate matters. Students should keep them- 
selves posted about college events, should encour- 
age social intercourse among themselves, and 
should, as far as they can, attend all meetings of 

And if an esprit de corps can be awakened among ' 
our undergraduates, they will, when they pass 
forth from these halls, preserve an active allegiance 

out, will heighten the pride and increase the ardor 
in her interests of the sons of our Alma Mater. 


Since leaving college I have often been asked by 
intending students or their parents what it costs 
to attend University College. I will try and give 
an estimate of the minimum outlay tor the mainten- 
ance of a student during the academic year, a period 
of thirty weeks, extending from October 1st to the 
latter end of May. 

Board : The rates are from 83 upward, but a 
student need not expect to live with any great 
degree of comfort for less than $4 a week. Washing 
88 per session. 

Fees : Every matriculated student has to pay 
$10 a year for lectures and registration, and 82 for 

Books : This is a variable item, depending a great 
deal on the department a student intends pursuing. 
The average is perhaps 820 a year. 

Extras: There is about P 5 expected from each 
student in the way of subscriptions to various 
organizations connected with the college. 

Board, 30 weeks, 84 8120 

Washing 8 






This 8165 includes only what is absolutely nec- 
essary for the maintenance of the student in the 
city, and takes no account of railway fare, clothes, 
or pocket money. 

It is true some students get through on less than 
the figures I've named, but my experience is that 
most students find 8200 a rather short allowance 
for the session. K. 


Shirt Manufactory. 




in Cricketing, Boating, Foot Ball, Base Ball, 

Lacrosse, or other suits, in any colour or style, 

for which special prices will be given on appli- 


Collars, Cuffs, Hosiery, Gloves, Tns, 
Umbrellas. Rubber Coats, etc. 


All Goods marked in plain figures and at cash 


116 Yonge St., and 17 King St. West. 



The hall was well filled last night at the regular 
weekly meeting. The President, Mr.Vandersmissen, 
was in the chair. 

New members proposed : -By J. Ballantyne : 
E. L. Hunt, '83. By S. J. Young: A. W. Wright, 
■83. By S Stewart: R. H. Pringle, E. G.Graham, 
"82; J. H. Burnham, 83. By J. H. Brown: A. 
Crichton, '83, A. Broadfoot. By A. H. McDougall : 
E. W, Hagarty, F. W. F. Creelman, '83. By. Vv 
K. T. Smcllie: E. Mackay, A. Gross, J. A. Page, 
'83; L. J. Clarks, '82; J. L. Davidson, '80; E.' 
Wright, J. H. Shortt, G. H. Kilmer, J. R. Shaw 
By J. MiiUh : J. Spence, '82. By D G. Wishart : 
J, H. Rob -rtson, W. S. Ormiston, C. A. Mayberry, 
• 1. R. Wood, McG. S. Fraser, '82. By E. P. Davis: 
T. Ratclif'e, 82 ; D. O. Cameron, J. Picken, '83. 
By J. H. VIcAndrew : G. S. Wilgriss, 83. By A. 
McMurch; : A. W. Wright, John Watt, J. C. 
Robertson G. I. Riddell, A. F. Lobb, VV. A. Frost, 
R. C. Donald, H. H. Dewart, A. M. Denovan, F. 
Boultbee, W. C. Barber, '83; A. C. Morris, W. 
Morris, 8.'. By J. Balderson : L. Lee, O. Weld, 
W. E. Thompson, 83 ; T. VV. Simpson, 82 By 
J. C. Elliott: J S. Misner. 

The motion of Mr. Loudon to increase the 
membership fee from $1 to 81.50 came up, and on 
it there was a great deal of discussion. Two 
amendments to it were proposed : by Mr. Smellie 
that the annual fee be $2 ; and by Mr. W. f! 
Maclean, that the words 'payable in advance' be 
added. Both amendments were lost but the 
original motion was carried, the vote standing 
44-16. For an amendment to the constitution a 
two-thirds vote of those present is necessarv, and 
this was secured. 

The Society next went into committee of the 
whole (Mr Culham in the chair) on the report of 
the Special Committee to draw up the ■ House 
Rules.' The report was adopted. 

Mr. Acheson gave notice of motion that at next 
meeting he would move that in the rules of order 
the following rule be inserted after number 5 ; No 
member shall speak or vote after the third ordinary 
meeting of the Society till he first pays his fees for 
the year. 


Besides the addition of a second Library read- 
ing room, it is a matter for congratulation to 
students that the old regulation, which made it 
necessary for a student who wished to keep a 
library book over night to have his ticket signed by 
a professor, has been done away with. Below are 
the new regulations relating to keeping books over 
night. The 81.00 library fee mentioned is to be 
paid only by non-matriculated students. 

Section 1.— The librarian may lend to any un- 
dergraduate of the University or to any other 
student who has paid a library fee of fi'.oo fori 
the year then current, any books from the library, | 
not to exceed the number o£ two different work's, 
or two volumes of any one work, from the hour of 
closing on any day till the hour of opening on the 
following day, except such works as are specified 
in section 5. 

Section 2— Any person neglecting to return a 
book at the proper time may be fined in a sum not 
exceeding fifty cents per das, the offender to be 
suspended from the use of the library until the I 
fine is paid 

Section 4 —The librarian may', at his discretion ' 
refuse the 1 >an of any volume. 

Section 5.— No ordinary Text Books Examina- 
tion Papers, University Calendars, Dictionaries 
Grammars or Atlases shall be lent, nor any volume I 
the value o which exceeds f 10.00. 


Book III., Ode IX. 


Whilst you loved me and you let 
None but n.e your kisses get. 
Then I lived, you fickle thing. 
Happier than a Persian king. 

Whilst you loved me more than all. 
And ere Chloe caused my fall, 
Lydia's pet names gave her fame 
Roman Ilia could not claim. 

Chloe's lovely voice and skill 
Now with love my pulses thrill, 
Truly would I die for her, 
If my soul the fates would spare. 


I love one and he loves me, 
Calais of Tai entum he, 

II the lates would let him live, , 
Twice my willing life I'd give. 

What if old love wake again, 
Tie us two with brazen chain, 
If my love from Chloe turn, 
And my arms for Lydia yearn? 

Though he's lovelier than a star, 
Though than cork thou'rt lighter far, 
Fiercer too than Hadria's sea, 
I will live and die with thee. 


1st Uudcrgrad. — 'Frank, how the deuce can we 
get out of Mrs. X's Musical ? ' 

2nd Do. — ' O ! the old thing, I suppose : " Mr. 
A. B. regrets that his hard study, consequent on the 
approach of Exams., debars him from the pleasure, 
etc., etc." ' 


3Q and 41 King Street West, Toronto. 

The White and Blue has received quite a 
number of favorable notices from the public press 
and college papers. Modesty, perhaps, is our only 
reason for nol copying them. 

Dominion Exhibition, Highest Honors, Bronze Medal for 
Plain Photography, 


The office of Corresponding Secretary has gener- 
ally been regarded, and justly so, as a sinecure. 
This year, however, when all the other members of 
the General Committee have assumed new tasks, 
even this hitherto idle individual has found new 
fields for labour. The gentleman holding the office 
at present has been engaged for a week in the inter- 
esting and exciting work of a detective : hunting a 
man up to speak on the public debate to take place 
next month. The chase was a difficult one : the 
obstacles tremendous. No one has heard of the 
gentleman sought for several months, and no clue 
could be obtained beyond the fact that he was 
studying law in Toronto. This was about as 
definite as information regarding a needle that it 
had certainly dropped in a haystack. When last 
seen the energetic secretary was tearing frantically 
after a well-known graduate to inquire the where- 
abouts of the desired orator, and he is said to have 
discovered some traces of him. The unhappy 
Ciceros who are to take part with the missing man 
of eloquence feel very properly that the time between 
this and the debate is short enough, and are exceed- 
ingly anxious about his discovery. 

Now, while on the subject of public debates, it 
might be well to suggest some improvements that 
might be made in the ancient method of holding 
them. 5 

After all, the object of them is to afford some 
amusement to the friends of the undergraduates. 
The people of Toronto are exceptionably agreeable 
to the students who live for four years among them, 
and there are very few of us who do not feel person- 
ally grateful to some of its citizens. Here am I, 
a foreigner, from whom Toronto can never expect 
any return for kindness shewn me, and yet, so 
uniformly gracious have the ladies of the city been, 
that I nc;ver was introduced to but one who cut me 
the next time she met me. If the undergraduates 
are the gentlemen they pretend to be, they should 
spare no pains to show their appreciation of such 
good treatment. Last year circumstances made 
the usual Conversazione impossible, and similar 
circumstances are likely this year to render it either 
out of the question or very inadequate. The only 
recourse is to make the public debates as pleasant 
as possible, give the students the means of procur- 
ing a reasonable number of programmes before- 
hand to send as invitations, and stir themselves a 
little to bring ladies to the meetings. Many more 
would be seen if these sadly ungallant absorbers of 
knowledge would offer their escort to and from 
these gatherings ; and we know the inspiriting 
effect of a ' good house ' on all concerned. 

The debates are by long odds the best part of 
1 the programme : the speakers seem generally ani- 
1 mated by a desire to please the audience rather 
than astonish them as the other performers ; but 
the lecture room where the meetings are held is 
very depressing in its effect on orators; all agree 
in the verdict that it is very trying to look up at 
the hearers. 

But the most melancholy period is that of the 
essay. The subject is usually a sleepy one and 
sleepily treated. The essayists seem always afraid 
that if they are funny, or even comprehensible, they 
will lower the reverence the fair sex and others 
ought to entertain for the University in general 
and themselves in particular. The Society is 
largely to blame for this ; the men chosen as 
essayists are usually put on because they happen 
to have an essay, instead of being the men who are 
suspected of being able to keep people laughing 
There is nothing more sure than that there are men 
in the College who could compose an amusing 
article and deliver it well (even with blackboard 
illustrations), but are gagged by the general terror 
in the Society of being other than profound. 

If the Glee Club have any raison d'etre, it is in 
giving music at the public meetings of the Society 
and when a Glee Club is formed with that end in 
view, it need have no lack of cither numbers or 
,alent - Seesaw. 



The large attendances at footUall practice show 
how popular the game has become among the stu- 
dents, and one can see, too, that tht College will 
send out strong teams year. 


The Cobourg tournament has been postponed, to 
allow the intending visitors to improve in wind and 
muscle. It will be held on the 30th and 31st inst.,and 
thegames in connection on the 1st prox. Ourclub 
should see to it that their practice render them com- 
petent to sustain the honor of the College, in what 
promises to be an event of the football season. 
Rochester, Syracuse, Queen's, Albert, Knox, 
Toronto, and Trinity Medical School (probably) and 
our Association will send teams. The events in the 
games are not as well suited to us as they might be ; 
but there is a possibility that a change will be 
made, which will accommodate those of our 
athletes intending to compete. As matters now 
stand, the open events are : 150 yards dash, quar- 
ter-mile race, throwing light hammer, throwing 
heavy hammer, kicking the football, and consola- 
tion race. A feature of the tournament will be the 
concert on Thursday evening, the 30th, the vocal 
part of which will be supplied by members of the 
football teams. On Friday night a game will be 
played by the electric light, and thereafter a dinner 
will be given to the visiting teams by the Victoria 
College Association. The games on Saturday will 
conclude the programme. 

The mitch to-day o;i the College lawn between 
the Association club an 1 the Carletons resulted in 
three goals for the latter, and one for the home 
team. The College men were best in forward play : 
one of the leading back players was absent, and to 
this may be attributed the loss of so many goals. 
As a whole, the team played better than the Carle- 
tons, as was shown by the way they kept the ball 
in the Carletons field all the time, with the excep- 
tion of a few chance rushes on the College goal. 
Haig, Richardson, MacGillivray and Miles did 
some good work. VV. O. Ross played with the 
Carletons, and with Macallum and Petman, aided 
not a little in their securing the match. The Col- 
lege players were : McAndrews (goal) ; EcEchern, 
Logie, (backs) ; Haig, Laidlaw, (half-backs) ; Mac- 
Gillivray, Elliot, McDougall, Richardson, Keefer, 
Miles, ( forwards). 

the rugby game. 

University College v. Upper Canada Col- 
lege. — The first football match of the season took 
place last Thursday, resulting in the defeat of the 
'Varsity team by one goal and a try to two tries. 
As is usual in all our matches some of the team 
disappointe 1 at the last moment. On this occasion 
two of the best players were only conspicious by 
their absence. The Upper Canada College team 
mustered in force and in very good form. Shortly 
after four o'clock the ball was kicked off by the 
boys, who followed up well and soon after succeeded 
in getting the ball over their opponents goal line. 
The try at goal which followed failed, and the ball 
was kicked out only again to be worked down 
towards the goal of the home team. In a hardly 
contested scrimmage here the ball was forced over 
the line and touched down by Lee (Univ.) On 
being again kicked out, the play continued for some 
time very even in the centre of the field, until by 
a bad piece of play on the part of a Uuiversity for- 
ward, McLeod (U. C. C.) secured the ball and 
made a brilliant run, not being collared until close 
on the University goal line. Soon after McKay 
(Univ.) made a fair run, but being collared skilfully 
passed it back to Lee, who, after a good run in 
attempting to pass it back at random, lost again 
all the ground he had won. Soon after this Conolly 
(U. C. C.) made a good run. Time was now 
called. During the second halt time the home team 
played much better and kept the ball well down 
on their opponent's goal, over which Haig suc- 
ceeded in carrying the ball. The place kick, 
which followed, failed. Soon atter this George 

(Univ.) made a good run in and touched the ball 
down immediately behind the goal. The place 
kick again failed, and the ball was kicked out. 
Here a bad piece of play by a University back 
gave Ogden a chance at a kick, of which he gener- 
ously availed himself, and scored the only goal. On 
the whole, the playing of the home team was poor, 
want of unity and an ignorance of the rules being 
their weakest points. But this is chiefly owing to 
the disappointments referred to ; the places of the 
absentees being filled by men who had not played 
much before. The scrimmages were nearly all 
spoilt by the Upper Canada College team bending 
their heads and thus falling on top of the ball. 

A match was also played this afternoon between 
the College club and the Agricultural College team, 
of Guelph, on the grounds of the former. The re- 
sult was five goals and six tries for the Toronto 

A telegram was received to-day from the football 
club of the University of Michigan, challenging the 
Union College club to a game, (Rugby Union) to 
be played within a few weeks at Ann Arbor. A 
satisfactory proposal regarding expenses accom- 
panied the challenge, which has been accepted. 

queen s own rifles. 

At target practice on Saturday last, and on 
Thursday of this week, some very good scores were 
made, fifties and sixties at the three ranges out of 
a possible seventy-five. The company match will 
be held before long, and there will be keen com- 
petitors for the prizes. 

The judges have decided that the tug of war, in 
which our men were successful on Saturday last, 
shall be pulled over. The big guns will not be 
spiked this time, but we hope the enemy may not 
have a chance to charge them. The pull will take 
place on Wednesday next, at the Lacross grounds, 
and all the undergrads should turn out and cheer 
on our men. 

The company will parade at the drill shed and 
mach out with the battalion at 7.45, sharp, to the 
grounds. The bright moonlight peculiar to this 
time of year will enable all to see distinctly. 

The members of the team, are Sergeant McDou- 
gall, Privates Keefer, McAndrew, Haig, Bain, 
Riddell, Skinner, McBride, Clark and Mustard 


Fine (Printing. 

The College Gymnasium.— The meeting called 
for Thursday. 30th inst., to take steps in reference 
to, a gymnasium, will be held on Wednesday, the 
29th, at 3 p.m., allowing those members of the 
football team who go to Cobourg, to be present. 
There is every prospect of a large meeting. 

Owing to a slight ambiguity in the regulations, 
many matriculated students have imagined that a 
library fee is required before borrowing books for 
the night. Thanks to Mr. Vandersmissen, who 
was kind enough to take great pains in the matter, 
the process of obtaining library books is very easy. 
Non-matriculated students are obliged to pay a fee 
of &1.00; the fee of matriculated students is in- 
cluded in the two dollars, paid for examinations. 

33 Colborne St. 



Owing to the continued ill health of Dr. Barrett 
he is unable to lecture this session. He took the 
Institutes of Medicine, and was admittedly one of 
the most popular lecturers connected with the 
School. His place is taken by Drs. George Wright 
and Wm. Oldright. 

The freshmen class is very large this year ; 
and the School has well sustained her former 
lepntation by the large number of new students. 
Quite a novelty in this line is the addition of two 
of the fair sex to our numbers. 

Active preparations are being made for the an- 
nual dinner of the School. The following gentle- 
men have been appointed as the committee : — 
Messrs. Sheppard, Ames, Hoig, Duncan, Ferguson, 
Thompson, Bell, Johnson, Anderson, Cuthbertson, 
Henry, Ross and Montague. 

The Faculty have ordered a number of micro- 
scopes for the use of students, as an aid to the prac- 
tical study of histology and morbid anatomy. F. 


Of late attention has been drawn to the quality 
of our college singing. The Globe asserts that it 
is 'medium.' Be that as it may; let us consider 
some of the causes which combine to make 
'medium' singing. Here are three: (1) lack of 
talent, (2) ignorance of the tune sung, and (3) 
ignorance of the words. Now, the first cause we 
may dismiss, since we have no lack of talent. The 
second cause is very light, since college songs have 
necessarily very little range. But (what I have 
repeatedly noticed) the third is the cause of this 
'medium' singing. To remedy this, I would pro- 
pose two plans : — (1) that a book of songs be pub- 
lished, as is done at McGill ; (2) that one or more 
songs should be published in each number of The 
White and Blue. For such a song as 'John 
Brown ' it is easy to compose verses, but there 
should be a recognized text. Let The White 
and Blue be the text-book. 

A Music-loving Undergrad. 


I would like to draw the attention of the Senate 
of the University to the unhandy and unsatisfac- 
tory manner in which the Examination Papers are 
bound up and sold. At present they form a bulky 
volume, and, taking those of last year, 1878, as an 
example, made up as follows: 50 pages devoted to 
a list of the members of the Senate, the Examiners, 
and the graduates and undergraduates in the three 
faculties; 'hen come the papers in the faculty of 
Arts arranged by years; next those of the faculty 
of Law arranged in the same way; then the papers 
in the faculty of Medicine; and finally thosi in 
Civil Engineering. The price — fifty cents of this 
unwieldy volume is reasonable enough to any >ne 
wanting it. But it is just here where a change is 
required : No one has any use for it. What occa- 
sion has a law student for the papers in Arts, or an 
Arts man for the papers in Medicine, and vice versa; 
and if he has no occasion why should he be com- 
pelled to buy them ? The greatest number of 
papers that is of service to any one student in any 
one year is not over fifteen ; but to secure these 
fifteen he has to buy about four hundred others. 
What I would like respectfully to suggest, then, 
would be a division of the volume into several 
smaller ones something after this fashion : (1 ) a 
volume containing the rort of the Senate, of the 
Examiners, and of the Undergraduates in the three; 
faculties, and in Civil Engineering; (2) a volume 
containing the papers in Arts ; (3) a volume con- 
taining the papers in Medicine; (4) a volume con- 
taining the papers in Law, and in Civil Engineer- 
ing. These volumes could be sold at fifteen or 
twenty cents each, and I venture to say that if si:ch 
a plan were adopted five times as many copies of 
the Examination Papers would be bought. 




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NOVEMBER 8, 1879: ; [NUMBER 5 


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No piano was heard, not a Pinafore note, 
As Ins form to the tower we hurried ; 
Not a Sophy dischargi d a smuggled joke 
In the room where our freshman we worried. 

We worried him darkly at dead of night, 
The prods with our bayonets burning ; 
By the coal-oil torch's ghastly light. 
And the ' bull's-eye' slowly turning. 

No papei collar enclosed his breast, 
Nor in shirt nor in sheet we found him ; 

But he lay like a freshman, taking his rest, 

With his ' toga virilis ' around him. 

Few and short were the prayers we read, 

And we spoke not a word of sorrow 

But we bitterly hazed him for the check that had fled, 

Ai ..I we steadfastly thought ol the row. 

We thought when we howled round his narrow bed, 
And wakened him up with a pillow, 
That the toe of the stranger would soon make him shed 
Bitter tears in the room for ' the willow.' 

Likely they'll talk of his cheek that is gone, 
And upon his old bearing upbraid him, — 
But little he'd reek, if they'd let him keep on, 
Just as grave as his trouncing has made him. 

Brit half of our heavy task was done 
Winn the cock crew the hour for retiring; 
And we heard the repeater joking-guri 
Which the Sophies were suddenly firing'. 

Quickly, yet sadly, we led him down 

From the height of his fame fresh m story: 

I li carved not a line, and we raised not a stone 

To commemorate his vanished glory, L, 


The University of Virginia has three hundred 
anil twenty-five new students. 

The American college papers are just getting 
over their yearly discussion on 'rushing,' 'rope 
pulls,' 'hazing,' etc. These practices appear to 
ho dying out. 

Vassau's new laboratory, the gift of the Brothers 
Vassar, is being rapidly built. It is a reasonably 
large building, with a basement, two stories ami 
an. attic— the latter in be appropriated to photo- 

Professor Raymond, of Williams, has been 
invited to give instruction in Elocution at Prince- 
ton next year, ami if the arrangement proves mu- 
tually profitable he will be offered a regular pro- 
fessi irship. 

The additions to the divinity school of Boston 
university this year are larger than for two years 
past. Three are women, making five now in this 
department. The law school has had eighty new 
members, more thatt-have ever joined the school 
in one year. The liberal-art college freshmen 
number twenty-three, of whom eleven are women, 
air! the new special students number eight. 

The Yale News, having proved so successful, 
Harvard also is going to start a daily paper, to be 
called the Harvard Echo. 

Hail to the soph who with anger advances, 
Wearing his beaver north-cast of His ear! 
Proud doth he stride — down the avenue prances, 
Pausing erstwhile for a schooner of beer. 
See how his massive cheek 
Conquers the freshman weak — 
Honor and pride of the White and the Blue ! 
Checks he the passing cab. 
Scares he the timid snab, 
Roaring his slogan of ' 'Rah ! Eighty-two ! ' 

Acta Columbian!). 

President Oilman, of Johns Hopkins, declares 
that the greatest growing educational evil in his 
country is the manner in which academic title s 
and degrees are conferred upon whoever chooses 
to apply and pay for them ; during the past year, 
he says, twenty-four kinds of titles have been 
awarded by certain colleges. The Baltimore 
Gazette reports him as adding that the medical 
colleges are more full of corruption in this respect 
than any other. 

The Oberlin freshmen number 64. Bowdoin 
has 32 freshmen. Kalamazoo College, Michigan, 
has 19. At Washington and Jefferson College 
there are 19 freshmen and 50 sophomores, r6 of 
whom are newly entered. At Hillsidi College, 
Michigan, 113 new students are enrolled, and at 
Wabash College, Indiana, there are 60. Ohio 
Wesleyan University has 60 freshmen. In the 
Columbia School of Mines, New York, there ate 
upwards of 80 freshmen. New York University 
has 37 and Boston University has 23, of whom n 
are women. 

Mr. Sidney Lanier began on Tuesday the 
public afternoon lectures at Johns Hopkins Uni- 
versity. He is giving a series on English verse 
Another series to be given shortly by M. Rabillon 
is on French epic poetry. In February, Profess, ir 
Trowbridge, of Harvard, is to lecture on certain 
aspects of the study of physics, and later, Professor 
Morris, of Michigan, will 'ecture on ethics. Pro- 
fessor Brooks, during the recent vacation; made 
on the Chesapeake a special study of oysters and 
crabs, and intends to give a short courss of lec- 
tures on these subjects. There are already over 
two hundred applications for tickets. 

The Acta CoJLumbiana contains an article on 
intercollegiate slang, a subject of some interest to 
college men. The first part of the article is de- 
voted to the secret piece of paper that is covered 
with hieroglyphics and designed as an aid in pass- 
ing an examination. At Cornell this contraband 
manuscript is called a. pony. The word pony was 
used in the same sense at Wesleyan about ten years 
ago, but has since displaced by the term skid. 
Corresponding with our skid is the Yale skin-, and 
the Columbia crib. A literal translation is in 
most colleges called a pony, but here is known as 
a horse. A mere pony could not stand the work. 
At Columbia and Yale, girls are called suo/i ; here 
they are known as quails. Our information con- 
cerning the above terms that are non-Wesleyan, 
was derived from the article in I he Acta. We will 
add to the list a few words that we think are pe- 
culiar to Wesleyan. For instance, we cut r'ecitat-" 
ions or chapel, we smash in our lessons, (that is, 
some of us do), and we cult/eat, Freshmen for 
societies. At other colleges we find the boys slop 
ing chapel, flunking in recitation, and. campaign- 
ing, rushing or soaping the Fresh. The Coll,, 
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"Graduate" in No. 4 of The White and Blue 
expresses the want felt by many students of Univer- 
sity College in his plea for the establishment of a 
chair of Civil Polity in that institution. This re- 
minds me of a change which I have long desired to 
see brought about in the curriculum of the Univer- 
sity of Toronto — a change which would, I believe, 
do more towards the establishment of the chair 
referred to than anything else. 

We have already five graduating departments, 
i.e., five departments of learning, by taking honors, 
in any one of which a candidate may obtain the 
degree of B. A. without standing an examination 
in any subject not included in the department he 
selects. These are (1) Classics; (2) Mathematics; 
(3) Modern Languages, including English; (4) 
Natural Sciences; and (5) Mataphysics, Ethics, 
Logic, and Civil Polity. It will be noticed that his- 
tory is not required of any candidate for either a 
pass or an honor degree in his last year. The change 
I advocate is the creation of a new department by 
grouping together Civil Polity, Constitutional His- 
tory and Jurisprudence, adding to them, if they are 
not considered sufficient, English, which can still 
remain attached also to the department of Modern 

If it be objected to this arrangement that there 
are already enough of graduating departments, the 
obvious answer is that at one time graduating de- 
partments were much fewer in number than they 
now are; that each proposal to create a new one 
was met by precisely the same objection ; that, 
nevertheless, each experiment of the kind has 
proved a triumphant success; and that the line 
with respect to the number of graduating depart- 
ments must be drawn just where enlightened ex- 
perience dictates Who can settle bv his ipse dixit 
just how many of such departments the Senate 
should prescribe ? 

Now for the arguments in favour of the re-ar- 
rangejnent propose 1, an 1, as it is impossible to 
treat subjects exhaustively within the limits of a 
paper like this, I shall merely outline them, leaving 
each reader to think over and elaborate them for 
himself. And surely I maybe permitted to urge, 
by way of premise, that as it is one aim of a univer- 
sity education to equip men for becoming more 
successful in the battle of life than they would be 
without it, so no important calling should be ignored 
in the preparation of the curriculum. What prep- 
aration does our University and College curriculum 
provide for him who looks forward to a political or 
a journalistic career? General culture he can get, 
but if matters can be so arranged as to secure that, 
and at the same time afford him something in the 
way of special training, then so much the better for 
the community, which can ill afford to have ignor- 
amuses either in its legislative assemblies or 
wielding the vast powers of its press. 

There is far too little Jurisprudence required in 
the university course, far too little Constitutional 
History, and far too little Political Economy, and 
yet it is impossible to exact more without affording 
those who are willing to pursue these important 
branches more extensively an opportunity of pre- 
ceding thereby to their degree. Not one graduate 

in ten knows anything about the constitution of 
even our own country until he leaves college. We 
are rapidly creating a constitutional history, with 
the minutest details of which every public man 
and every publicist should be acquainted. There 
are constitutional questions coming up continually 
for settlement, and each year they are settled in 
either one way or another. There are also fiscal 
problems to be solved, and questions of banking 
and currency to be dealt with, the solution of 
which should not be left entirely to empirics. 
Manifestly such a department would be most prac- 
tical in the curriculum, while it would be second 
to none as an instrument of mental discipline. If 
any one doubts the truth of this statement let him 
read for himself the magnificent productions of 
Austin and Miine, Hallam an I Stubbs, Adam 
Smith and John Stuart Mill. 

A word in closing as to the Blake Scholarship. 
It was instituted by its far-seeing and liberal 
founder for the purpose of encouraging the study 
of Civil Polity ani Constitutional History. The 
special department thus created in the third year 
would be popular, and the Scholarship would have 
the effect intended, were it not that to take up the 
department and compete for the prize is simply to 
enter a cul dc sac, from which there is no outlet to 
a degree. The student who does so has to keep up 
something else In his third year as a graduating 
department with a view to his fourth year work, 
and few honor men are disposed to risk their hon- 
ors for two years merely for the chance of winning 
a special scholarship, the w >rl< for which tends in 
no academical direction. The Blake Scholarship 
is evidently doom :d under the present arrangement 
to become a prize for competition amongst pass 
men, and thus the noble object of its founder is 
certain to be to a great extent defeate 1. But create 
a graduating department of Civil Polity, History, 
and English, and the Blake Scholarship work of 
the third year will at once become the natural 
preparation for it, while the scholarship itself will 
become an object of keen competition amongst 
those who propose depending on the honor woik 
of that department for graduation. I have no doubt 
that the Blake Scholarship an<l the attractiveness 
of the course would soon make this the most popu- 
lar and important department of fourth year work. 
M. A. 


Professor Wilson, of Toronto, in company with 
several local gentlemen, on Saturday last visited 
the Indian burial ground at the '•Fort " on the 
farm of Mr. Murphy, Lot 14, in the 6th Con. Whit- 

Delving to the depth of about two and half feet 
we espied the vertebra, collar bone, shoulder blades, 
and the bones of the body, arms and legs comming- 
led, forcibly impressing upon our recollection of a 
stanza from Frenan's ' Indian Burying Ground :' 
"Thou stranger, that shall come this way, 

No fraud upon the dead commit; 
Observe the swelling turf and say 
' They clo not lie, hut here they sit.' " 

The Professor, who is an enthusiastic archae- 
ologist, was anxious to obtain specimens of the 
ancient relics of this tribe of Indians to add to 
the museum of Toronto University. Grave after 
grave however was opened without unearthing any 
skulls that were worth carrying away and preserv- 
ing. Some flint arrow-heads and hatchets were 
found and consigned to the Professor's basket.— 
Mark Iki in Economist. 

In 1869 a number of graduates of our University 
signed an agreement to meet and dine together ten 
years afterwards, which agreement was deposited 
with Professor Loudon, then Dean of Residence. 
The ten years expired last week, and a dinner 
was held at the Toronto Club Death had not 
lessened the number of the signers of the agreement, 
and all but two were present. Telegrams, express- 
ing regret at their inability to attend, were le- 
ceived from the two who were absent. It may be 
considered that the reunion was regarded as a 
success, for a new agreement, similar to the old 
one, was entered into by those present. 

In a complimentary notice of this paper, the 
editor of the educational column of the Mail asks 
if white and blue are the college colors or the uni- 
versity colors. This is a question which we are 
unable to answer, for the reason that no definite 
information can be obtained with regard to it. 
Perhaps some of our readers know. One of the 
foot ball clubs adopted these colors some years 
ago, having been informed that they belonged to 
the institution. 

At Washington and Lee University ' the fresh- 
men are talking calico with such a degree of reck- 
lessness as to cause no ltttle uneasiness in the 
minds of the staid Seniors.' .< 

There was a large attendance at the thirty- 
eighth public meeting of Knox College Metaphyis- 
ical and Literary Society on Friday night last. 
The glee club supplied music, and recitations were 
given by members. The President, A. B. Baird, 
B.A., read his inaugural address. Choosing as his 
subject, "Esprit de Corps,'' he treated it from a 
purely College standpoint, showing it to be a 
necessary element in college society, indicating the 
methods by which it may be developed into a 
grand power for refining college manners and 
morals, and pointing out that it is the duty of 
professors, graduates, and students to advance a 
spirit which is so healthful to college life. 


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In the last number of your paper there is 
an article headed 'What it costs to attend 
University College.' It may be possible that a 
student can get through a year on the 8165 men- 
tioned by ' K,' but it must be the experience of a 
very few I should say most decidedly that such 
a case wi>ul 1 be an extreme one. 

To speak of each of the items in the order ' K ' 
takes them In the first place of board, ' K' talks 
of #3 or $4 per week ; perhaps board may be ob- 
tained at these prices, but it certainly cannot be 
of a very excellent sort. In residence, where the 
board can hardly be described as sumptuous, on 
the average, board, room, fire and light, cost from 
85 to 86.50 per week ; and I am inclined to believe 
that tolerably good board, etc., can hardly be 
obtained in the city at a lower figure than the 
former of these two. So far as my own experience 
goes, I can say that I have only spent a part of 
one year out of residence, and that during that 
time I paid #10 per week for board and lodging — 
fire and light extra — at which price the board did 
not rank above fair. I should call 85 per week 
the lowest reasonable rate for board. 

The next item is washing, which 'K' puts at the 
ridiculous figure of 88 lor thirty weeks. Some- 
one's laundry bill may have been only 18 for an 
academic year, but I hardly think the individual 
who paid that amount would be a marvel of clean- 
liness; fS would barely cover the expense of hav- 
ing an ordinarily tidy man's top shirts washed at 
a laundry. Three times 'K's estimate on this 
head would be a fair average. 

Jl2 for fees is correct. 

'K' makes 820 purchase books for the year. 
Upon this great latitude is allowable, for, owing 
to the excellence of our library and its regulations, 
it is not absolutely necessary for a student to 
spend any large amount on books ; but if a student 
buys all the text books of his course, together 
with the necessary stationery, he will probably 
not get through the year on less than 830, though, 
as 'K' trul\ says, much depends on the course 
taken ; twice to three times the amount mentioned 
by ' K has been rriy annual expenditure on college 
books and stationery. 

As to ' K 's next and last item, 85 for subscrip- 
tions to games, etc., he is about right. In this 
much depends on the inclination of the stu- 
dent. I do not mean to say that a student abso- 
lutely canni it get through on the amount mentioned 
by ' K.' but 1 do sav that to publish it as a fair 
estimate of what it really costs the average student 
to attend University College is misleading. The 
student who would live upon 811.5 for an academic 
year would indeed be a martyr to his desire for a 
higher education. Lucius. 


One of the recognized institutions of all univer- 
sities, with any pretensions to greatness, .is an 
athletic association. This assoc at ion, as a rule, 
governs all the games, sports, etc., that usually 
make their home in a university. I shall endea- 
vour in this article to prove that such an associa- 
tion is a benefit to the students and to the institu- 
tion with which it is connected. In the first place, 
it is an understood fact that no body of students 
can advantageously pursue their studies without 
exercise of some kind, and that a student, who by 
the judicious use of his muscles, tones up his phy- 
sical powers to greater endurance in the arena of 
mental contests, can always overthrow an antag- 
onist whose every opportunity is spent in commu- 
nion with his books- their mental powers of course 
being equal ; and how many men with brilliant 
abilities have been beaten by men of inferior pow- 
ers through inattention to the above necessity. 
This necessity for exercise takes the form of what- 
ever games the traditions or taste of the students 

incline them ; thus, in the University of Toronto 
our chief games are football and in the summer a 
little cricket — rowing has not made a place amongst 
our athletics as yet. Football is played by three 
different clubs in Toronto University. The ' Uni- 
versity College Football Club ' playing the Rugby 
Union game, the ' University College Football 
Association ' and the ' Toronto School of Medicine 
Football Club' playing the Association game. As 
for the cricket club it is yet in its infancy, although 
last spring great exertions were made to put it 
upon a substantial basis. So far it can hardly be 
called a success. Another feature in our athletics is 
the annual athletic games, which interest the students 
more than either football or cricket, probably on 
account of the value of the pizes. I might mention 
also, in connection with our sports, the rifle practice 
and matches of the University Rifles, at which also 
valuable prizes are given. Now let us take an ex- 
ample: The University of Michigan Athletic 
Association, with which we have now become 
connected as regards football, and for my part, 
I being well acquainted with that institution, think 
that no more complete or well-founded association 
exists. This association takes cognizance of all the 
university athletics, the games, football and base 
ball. A president and officers are appointed 
annually to take subscriptions, appoint officers 
for the different clubs and arrange matches. 
My proposal is that we form an association on 
this model and after this manner. Five mem- 
bers of committees of games, Rugby football. 
Association football, Medical football and cricket 
clubs, meet and appoint a president, secretary 
and treasurer, and a committee consisting of 
two members from each of the above commit- 
tees. Next year each club will choose two of its 
committee to act on the association commit- 
tee in this manner : President, 1 ; secretary-trea- 
surer, 1 ; cricket, 2 members ; Rugby, 2 members; 
U. C. Association, 2 members ; Medical Associa- 
tion, 2 members ; committee of games, 2 members 
Thus the committee would consist of a president, 
secretary-treasurer, and a committee of ten. The 
White and Blue would, I am sure, be glad to 
hear some more proposals on this subject, and 
before next spring some such association I have 
no doubt will be formed. I might add before 
finishing that this association would prove a great 
help towards providing a gymnasium, which the 
college is sadly in need of. H. T. B. 


A writer in a Berlin paper gives the following 
description of Russian student life during the year 

The poorer and more industrious students attend- 
ed the lectures with a certain regularity; the rest 
contented themselves with occasionally appearing 
in the corridor, to remind the inspecting officials 
that they belonged to the University. 

This "mass "was divided into three classes: 
The aristocratic young men, most of whom lived 
with parents or relatives, rushed to elegant cafes 
in the morning and receptions or the theatre in the 
evening, and sometimes dashed up to the door of 
the University in magnificent sleighs; provincial 
vagabonds, who never went into respectable society, 
but spent their time drinking and smoking in ob- 
scene taverns and notorious public balls; and poor 
men, who lived by giving private instruction, 
learned their lessons by heart, and by faultless 
conduct and submission to their superiors sought 
to obtain the advantage of free attendance at the 
lectures or a "crown scholarship." There was 
also a small number of Germans, who in, connect- 
ion with a dozen pupils of the Academy of Medicine 
and Surgery, living outside the barracks, played at 
" student life " ; in the obscurity of the " Viborg 
suburb," that is, secretly formed one or two corps, 
caroused behind closley fastened window shutters, 
beat drums, sang German songs and donned gay 
caps, but did not disdain the pleasures of Russian- 
French student dissipation, and knew as much 

about the "dancing classes" as other people. 
Relations with the professors were seldom per- 
mitted, only in rare exceptional cases, because they 
were regarded with disfavor by the superior officials 
and needed to be managed with great caution. 
Among the older gentlemen were many cultivated 
and kindly people, who studied in Dorpat and 
foreign countries, were considered liberal and 
therefore compelled to be ' circumspect ; ' the 
younger tutors, who had grown up under the pre- 
vailing system, were usually excessively tiresome 
and withal timid. . 


It has been decided that the sixth annual dinner 
will take place on Thursday, the 13th November, 
at the Rossin House. It is expected that a large 
number of the students, graduates, faculty and 
other leading men will avail themselves of the 
opportunity thus afforded of meeting together 
once more. The dinner, as usual, is to be strictly 
temperate. The following gentlemen have been 
elected to preside for the evening: — Chairman, 
W.J.Cross; 1st Vice, J. H. Duncan; 2nd Vice, 
B. B. Anderson. 

There is a Literary and Debating Society be- 
longing to the School. It was inaugurated last 
session, and lived through its first year with a good 
deal of life and energy, and there is promise of 
increased interest in its welfare this year. 

The faculty having enlarged the school by an 
additional wing, are therefore able to fit up a com- 
modious apartment as a reading room for the 
benefit of the students. 

The Medical Company of the Queen's Own has 
been again stirred into a show of life, and a strong 
muster of members has already taken place. It 
is expected soon to get the company under the 
care of a permanent captain. There is material 
in the school to form a crack company. 

Gymnasium. — The meeting held on Wednesday 
in reference to the proposed gymnasium was well 
attended. The following committee was appointed 
to receive subscriptions from men of their respec- 
tive years : Messrs. Shortt. Hague, Laidlaw. 
Ruttan, Bristol, Woodruff, Wright and George. 
It is to be hoped all undergraduates will join in 
the endeavor to provide this much needed insti- 

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The morning of our departure for Cobourg pro- 
I tullilinent of our wishes for fine wi 
Anting the tournament; ami each member oi nm 
I turned up at the Union Station with spirits 
heightened by the bracingness of the atmosphere. 
berSj with their respective duties, were : 
MtiDbugaJlj captain and forward ; A. Car- 
mthers, A. Broadfoot^ backs; A. Haig, W. I. aid- 
law, half bai ks; A. V. Li e, goal . C. Mafcgill 

i I u, 1 C, Milhgan, X. McEachern, 
f rwards , J. A. McAndrews, H. B. Wright, spare 
men! At the station we 1 joined the teams of Knox 
: ge, rrinity Medicai-Scfaool and t Toronto Med- 
ical School-, and the train took away altogether 
■it sixty f.ioth.iili rs 
At Port Hofie o,,' were joi'ned'by I'. \V llaul- 
l:.A , v. ho came; to talcfi his old place on the 
team, making trie complement of the forwards. 
At Cobi arg the v'isi'tors were met by a large num- 
•■ ' '> whi m , ived us heartily, and falling 

in with us, marched through the town to the 
strain's df 'O'Gri'mes; "Vive la Compagnie.' etc. 
A pretty blue badge, worn by our men, bearing the 
arms of the college and an inscription, gave rise 
Oil ail sides to the remark, 'You are from Uhivter- 
College,'' and seme one was so irreverently 
wicked to suggest that the Knox and Medical 
dted no sffch distinguishing mark. How' 
'•'•'. 'i''- nrtedeco's, to avoide' all confusion/ soon 
had badges printed, and Knox followed the 
ri] 1. . 
I'iie men were quartered in their hotels in town, 
and the general question was 'who plays first?'. 
'I he captains of the different teams met to settle 
this ail-important question, -and the result- o"f : the 
! clared the first tie should be between the 
I ironto Vledicals and the Victorias, and the se- 
hrj liitiiv. n the Trinity Medicals and our own 
team. After lunch, all repaired to the Agricul- 
tural Grounds, whece the garni s were to be played, 
tnd not tijl then was it discovered 'now unfavor- 
able the weather was. A very strong, bitterly 
' '' wind w,r; blowing from the north-west, and 
though the flags wen- placed in sudi a position 
that neither side should have the advantage, there 
wi re man) forebodings as to the result of the tour- 
nament. The play, in score a goal at all, it was 
si i). she llW be to the windward side of the goal 
posts-; but, to keep the ball there, was next to an 
lity, for, if it was in the air, it would 
blow past the centre of the field; and, if on the 
glOUfld which sloped from the windward side, it 
would roll so fast, assisted, b\ the wind, from a 
slight Lick, that a runner could scarcely keep 

up to ft. r^oi 

Ifow-i ,i-r play wasValled between the Victorias 
iito Medicals, and the teams turned out 
The Victorias wen? dress-ed in a very prettj suit of 
i Jid navy blue, but the Medicos' costumes 
could certainly have beei\jmproyed, The play in 
this game was decidedly in favor of the Medicals 
throughout. 'lis play.ofthe Victorias seemed to 
lack all purpose and spirit, while sorrn ... redit- 
able pa sing was done by their opponents. How- 
ever, in i goal was si , ii ed i ill either side. 

At 1 hi o'clock the game between our team and 
(he Trinity Medicals began, and this, too, resulted 
in a draw, neither side having scored a goal when 
time was called. It was agreed to play half an 
hour longer en the- following day, and the ball was 
■ I off en j iid.e. ,1 oriiing at ten o'clock. Our 
ti am | 1 lyed with spirit and precision, carrying the 
bill to the windward side, and repeatedly endan- 
gering the medical fortress. At last, a minute oi 
two before time, Haig made a brilliant run down 
h' Id, and drew around him a swarnx,of opponents. 
Our forwards were also there, and Richardson 
'- rlypa - the ball m past agoal to McGillivray, 
who ran down to it and kicked through. The 
Medicals i ' de,' and the referee, after 

con ideration, closed the protest. There was 
much diss hi faction at his decision among the 
i" i'< 's. iii an . oi \ hi 'in wen- foot-ball pla\eis. 

but the contestants preserved the good feeling at the ■ dryness ' of the affair. The usual toasts 
which was observable throughout the tournament, were heartily c^unk', and to that of ' OurGuests he 
For our College the playing of Ilaultain was the captains oPtfre different teams responded The 
subject of admiration ; his coolness enabling him Queen's College team sent their captain ton in- 
to accomplish wliat would be impossibilities to an sent them, and express their regret at not h 
excitable player. He repeatedly carried the ball been al le to end a team, a regret which was deep" 
down the field through a crowd of opponents, enc-d b\ the result of the ties. To the toast ' The 
kicliardson, McGillivray. Haig, Carruthers and Hess,' Mr. Huff, editor of The Worid, and Mr 
Broadfprd also played well, and the ease with Madge.editor-in-cKief of Ada Victoriana, responded. 

which Lee could outstrip all his opponents in a 
race for the ball was often remarked. The team, 
as a whole, is far ahead of its old form, and will 
yet do some very creditable work. 

The costume of the Trinity Medicals was very 
picturesque. Their colors are the same as ours, 
but, fortunately, they have adopted a crest we will 
never imitate. It consists of a skull and cross- 
bones, embossed on the breast of the Jersey ! This 
had the eftect of somewhat terrifying our men at 
first, but they soon acquired sufficient courage to 
enable them to approach these visitants to the 
he li s, whose motto was ' Death or Victory ! 

The Trinity College School from Port Hope, 
and the Trinity College, Toronto, next played a 
game of Rugby, and the tumbling, etc., incidental 
to that game, excited much amusement among the 
spectators, who had not before witnessed an ex- 
hibition of these rules. This match resulted in 
favor of the School by one touchdown, but the 
College raised objection to the ' knocking on and 
'off side ' playing of the boys. 

At night a game was played in what was pre- 
tended to be the electric light, but we imagine that 
if Edison had been around he would have been 
much disgusted- as much so as the players. The 
teams were composed of an eleven of Knox and 

University men against eleven Medicals, and the Football is a great and noble game, an 1 many a 
game resulted m favor of the Medicals by one notable feat could be recorded in giving its hislorv. 

Mr. Laidlaw made the acknowledgements ofTiiH 
White and Id. i;k. S. C. Smoke,' B. A ., with all 
his old chivalrous eloquence, found a fitting sub- 
ject in the response to the toast ' Tin I ad 

The games on Saturday concluded the pro- 
gramme The grounds are not at all favourable 
for good records, but Mr. bee's •■ HI bear i i mpai i- 
s< n with, that of the best athletes. I oil 

first prize in (i) quarter-mile i 120 yards 

race, 25 seconds, (3) 150 yards race, (4) half-mile 
nice. 2.25. Al! these were run on hilly ground, so 
hard that spikescoidd not be used. Mr.' McKc dieivn 
was second 111 the quarter with Milligan a foot be- 
hind, and Haig came next to Lee in the 220 yards. 
The prizes were presented by Miss Nellesin Alumni 
Hall, and this act concluded the lengthy pro- 
gramme, which, from the beginning, had been so 
ably carried out by the Victorias,' with an 
solely to our comfort and pleasure. We left by 
the night train with the remaining Medicos and 
Knox men, carrying v ith us the best wishes of the 
Vi( torias, who came m see us uit. and cheered till 
we were almost deaf 



In the afternoon a game was played between 

the Victorias and Knox College, but this too re- 
sulted in a draw, and so the trophy remains an- 
OWE 1 by any of the contesting teams. There is 

Yet it is a game that is very much neglected 111 
this country, although this mighl not b, thought. 
judging from the amount of kicking done at poli- 
tical conventions, base bail matches and other 
places There is a wild hilarity about a game ot 

some talk, however, of playing the ties off in football that is felt nowhere else except on the 

Toronto, and then having the Victoria's team come 
up here to play tie: winners. This is a very prac- 
tical scheme, for all the visitant teams were from 

' Mi the first night of our visit a promenade con- 
cert was held in Victoria Hall. The Victorias 
were extremely kind m introducing all aspirants 
for ladies favi rs. but our men were somewhat 
handicapped by the appearance of the Knox men 
in full dressi etc. However-, seme of us went to 
our hotel and donned our Jerseys, and made our 
appearance with better hopes "of success. The 
concert was thoroughly enjoyed by every wsilant 
member ol football teams, and we all, severally 
and collectively, have to thank the Victorias for 
their kind attentions, and the ladies for- -well, 
who shall say the manner in which we played the 
second day was not owing to the lingering in- 
fluences of the night before? And does not the 
same question apply to the Medicals ? 

Our College was well represented in music and 
elocution. Mr Vn-ht gave a song, which was 
well received; Mr. Laidlaw, a recitation in the 
humorous vein, which was heartily encored; and 
Mr. J. A. MacLean, of the Knox team, recited 'The 
Execution of Montrose' in a stirring manner. 
The Victoria team sang a football chorus, which 
was much appreciated by players . and there were 
some general choruses, in which the members of 
different clubs took part Our pel-., certainly, 
came away liom the hall with the conviction that 
the Victorias were jolly good fellows, and that the 

young ladies of Cobourg are fond of— jolly g I 


Our party were glad to see the genial face of 
1\. B. Cummings, 11. A., among the visitors on the 

second day, his old love foi the game having led 

him from his duties at Brockville. 

The dinner held on Friday night at Farady Hall 
was a success. 1 he caterers were the ladies oi the 

town, and an elegant spread was laid. Some of 

field of battle. The tumultous rush, the vigorons 
leg exercise, with heel and toe accompaniment, 
the struggle around the ball, the pleasure of being 
kicked in a dozen places at one time, form an ex- 
citing episode that must be seen — and felt— to be 
appreciated If you have an enemy get him to 
play foot-ball. Then you can have tli pleasuie of 
kicking him to any extent — accidentally — without 
fear of being called on to fjght a duel in conse- 
quence. Toronto, tin horr|C|oi the University men 
who played with the Ann Arbor students on Satur- 
day, is perhaps the chief football city in America. 
The University boys are wild over it. The None d 
School fellows kick the festive ball around the yard 
that environs that institution, The Collegiate In- 
stituted swing a deft and skillful boot, '.'die wild 
aborigmi s of that ancient institution, Upper 
Canada College, chase the rolling globe with more 
eagerness than they do the bubble leputalio,, 
ddie clerical stu lents ot Trinity College ami Knox 
College, graveiy and methodically give the ball 
some severe Knox. The medical and other stu- 
dents in that educational city kick up a ball with 
the sarin ease and enjoyment that they kick up a 
row. The newspaper reporters of Toronto dearly 
love the foi t-ball students, as they furnish so many 
interesting items, four or live years ago a normal 
school student kicked, so hard that he broke his 
own leg. This made a pleasant item for the boys. 
Again, 'when one of the University fellows kicked 
oil one of his boots, which went through a second 
story window- and almost killed a professor, then- 
was great rejoicing among newspaper circles. It 
is to be Hoped fool ball will be permanently estab- 
lished in Detroit, The boys may count on the 
unanimous support of the press of this city in 
tie game .1 In ime here. 

Football. — The tie for the Association 
between oui college and the Toronto Mo 

the Medicals were heard to express dissatisfai tion will be placed some day next week. 


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A communication just received reminds us of 
the adage that one man's story is always good till 
the other side is told Last week : issue of The 
\\ .11 u: and Bli e had a rhyming account of "The 
Won - } of Sir Chee Kiefreshman," and. as it was 
in all probability written by a senior, he and his 
fellows figured as heroes therein, while the unsus- 
pecting fresh was left with not a leg to statu! on. 
But this is not the case, if the following story from 
the chivalric Sir Cheekie can be relied on. He 
thinks the published account contrary to the facts, 
and in a couplet appended to his relation of the 
affair, says : 

i irrect 1 he false imp] ession tin y ■ ave, 
This story no >ur obi In hi slave. 

A desii e"to tro both partii . ittbtice (tin it be out 
excuse fi >r pi inting the following : 





I em 'i up, ( 
Silk and Felt II. lis. ["hi new Marquis oi Lome I 
Hat from ^:.T5 ti - 

Tin New Broadway light weight Stiff Hat; also I 
its, and an immense stock of I 


to students, 
W. & D. 1)1 XK EN, 

' ' .i". sts.. Ton 

Softly lay I sleeping at ni^lit, 

When a yell rose above my head, 
And there suddenly gli ami d in my eyes a light 

As a pillow crashed down on my head. 

Madly yelling, I leaped on the floor — 
Hideous figures wi re standing there — 

Each in his hand a pillow bore, 
Save one who the lamp did rear 

;om ! I said, ye sophies grim, 
Or I'll make you all to yell — 
Fieri they reply, as thi ii lamps they trim, 
I i! i, we will bounce you well. 

!y I struck for the nose of the first, 
And knocked him upon the floor, 
Faintly the shades oi night he i 
Which Ids aching eyes came o'er. 

r. i ilv I hurled the second down, 

I he knight of thi I imp w is he; 
On his brow tin n si ttled a vicious frown, 
And that was all 1 could see. 

Then, in the darkness which reigned around, 
ii rid 

i ught upon me with a bound 
' line my remaining foes. 

pon the floor I slipped, 
As the sophies came rushing on — 
Over m whi ill i < them u ipped, 

And .ill mj feai wi i e one. 

the ith i took for me, 
And pounded his ... II, 

i ,, . I . . Iron) mj room did See, 

And the others pursued with a yell, 

: i I then in the hall did throw, 
i .ii . i r. - tunni d wei i they, [blow, 

For I Ii ird I ouncing they'd given me 

At breakfast the verj I 

The London Examiner says that there are no 
i than three hundred young Amerii ms rf6w 
studying art in 1 'a 


Lawn tennis is popular at Princeton and Brown. 

At Oberlin, tobacco and card-playing are pro- 

Cornell has 40,000 volumes in her library, and 
not one of them works of fiction. 

The Chinese Professor at Harvard is still wait- 
ing for students. No one seems inclined to elect. 

Dartmouth College has arranged its terms so 
as to enable students who are self-dependent to 
ti ach in the winter. 

The campus at Cornell University is illuminated 
every night with electric lights at the expense of a 
cent an hour. — Acta. 

Vale has challenged Harvard to an eight-oared 
four-mile race, straight away, with coxswains. The 
challenge has been accepted. 

A young lady just from a boarding school, on 
being told by the servant that they had no goose- 
berries, exclaimed, 'Why, what has happened to 
the goose ? ' 

Tutor (dictating Greek Prose Composition)— 
Tell me, slave, whole is thy horse ? Startled Soph, 
— It — it's under my chair, sir : I wasn't using it; 
— Acta Columbiana. 

Gin Sling is the euphonius name of a Chinese 
Freshman at Yale. Who knows but at some time 
in the dim future Gin Sling may become one of 
the ornaments of the American bar. 

The following gentlemen from the Junior Class 
were initiated into the Corpse and Coffin. Friday 
evening, Oct. 31st: S. F. Blair, F. A. Jackson. W. 
W. McGilton, J. B. Scott, W. H. Sherman, S. D 
Sherwood, W. F. Van Loon. — College Argus. 

At Columbia there is some talk of adopting 
measures to introduce co-education in their system. 
The Acta and Spectator speak unfavorably of the 
movement, the former in quiet an able editorial, 
and the latter advances its views in a sprightly car- 
toon illustrating the disadvantage of a pratical in- 
troduction of the 'bi-sexual' feature. 

The Regents of the California State University 
have passed an order requiring all Freshmen to 
pli dge themselves not to join any of the secret 
fraternities existing in that institution. The socie- 
ties whose days are thus numbered are chapters of 
Zeta Psi, Chi Phi, Delta Kappa Epsilon and Phi 
Beta Theta. 

Mr. C. Kinney, one the most successfnl law 
' coaches' at Cambridge University, has memorial- 
ized the Commissioners to extend the legal in- 
struction at that University. He suggests that it 
is ili suable to make provision for Professorships 
01 Readerships in Fcclesiastical Law, General 
Jurisprudence, and the ' Science of Legislation 
hi I of Morals in connection therewith,' as pro- 

| I by the Cambridge University Commission of 

1852; Lnglish Constitutional Law and History, 
Comparative Constitutional Law, Colonial Law. 
Administrative Law, ' in its connection with magis 
terial and official duty'; Private International 
Law, or ■ 'liit Conflict of Laws'; Forensic Medi- 
cine, or ' Mi -du al furisprudence ' ; and the Histor) 
of Law. and espei ially thai ol Engli ih Law, 



As time passes the necessity of granting to oui 
i educational institutions a voice in Parliamenl 
becomes more and more manifest. Indeed, looking 
backoverthe history of the past, one almost wonders 
why this useful reform should have been so long 
delayed Amid the mania at certain periods, shown 
by our legislators for extending the franchisi in 
that desire, laudable in itself, that no class should 
be found in the Dominion whose sentiments should 
not l<e represented as far as possible on the floor of 
Parliament, whence comes it that such great centres 
of intellegence and mental activity as our Univer- 
should have bi i n overlooked? Surely amid 
the turmoil of democratic institutions, the making 
and unmaking of cabinets, the rise and ruin of 
public fallacies, amid abuse, misrepresentation and 
1 i i ional slander, there is room for that calm judg- 
ment and cultiyati I n ason, characteristic of Univer- 
sities, to exert a marked and beneficial influence. 
It has been the aim of every law, defining the right oi 
voting, for a century or more to secure as far as 
possible the full representation of the intellegence 
and good sense of the country in the halls of our 
legislatures. At one time we heard much of the 
great mental endowments of householders, at an- 
other of farmers sons, and of the evident injustice 
priving these mainstays of the Constitution of 
the right to cast an honest ballot. The ballot has 
bi en cast, and how far it has been honest let ti inl- 
and the election courts decide. 

But is it not somewhat strange, that amid the 
keen earnestness with which law-makers have 
sought out the intellegence of the Dominion, they 
should have forgotten to look for it in those very 
institutions to which they have paid thousands of 
dollars for fostering that particular endowment, and 
whose success in doing so they are eager at all 
times to proclaim to the world. True, it is 
urged that our graduates do find their way into 
Parliament, ami that in them the feelings and sen- 
timents of the Universities find afitting utterance 
But, in the first place, it may be seriously quest- 
ioned whether any member, elected on certain well- 
defined promises, who is supposed to consider before 
all others the interests of his constituents, can be 
said in any way to be an exponent of the wishe s 
and aspirations of that Alma Mater that sent him 
forth into the world to uphold her name and battle 
1' i her rights. But if he is, if after all our Un- 
iversities realty are represented, why not remove 
the strain ? Why not make them in name what 
they are in reality? If their opinions and thi ii 
influence exert a good influence in thecountry, 
exercised indirectly, what reason is there foi be 
lieving it would not be still more powerful and still 
more beneficial when exercised directly. Why 
should they be denied publicly that honor which 
privately all feel is their due ? The graduates of 
the English Universities, too, find their way into 
Parliament. Scarcely an illustrious name is en- 
rolled to day in the annals of Britain's glory which 
some of her Universities do not triumphantly claim 
as its own. Does that obviate there the neei 
and justice of giving these centn sof learning direct 
ii presentation? Cambridge, with its roll ol honor 

dating far Ij.h km the ■ rii lool down v. ith i om 

plai nicy on the i< mg List oi thi ise win - in e\ ei y 
mi :i in of political life havi made hei infl item e. fell 
and her wisdom a safeguard to the nation From 

the halls of Oxford havi ne forth voices whose 

infhn qci for <. 1, hi mi I [i <> ei nmi nt tin n 

has often felt and blessed. 

And why are the reasons for direct represent 
tation in force there, not equally potent here? 
our i > pli ilmei than (heirs? Are we less in 
need of learning and i sperienc e— that calm wi i ; 
ing of facts, and that moderation in debate, which 
it is the peculiai provim e ol education to give, and 
which we might expect would be conspicuous in re- 
presentatives directly elected by its highest in- 
stitutions? Are their people less deliberate, less 
honest, less impulsive, less intellegent than ours? 
Verily, he who has been behind tiie scenes in any 
of our election contests would peril his reputatii n 
for truth by answering in the affirmative. 

But I fear this article is already too long, 1 Ise 
it might be urged that now, when this subject of 
education in our own province has been thought 
sufficiently weighty to be placed under the dir I 
control of a responsible minister of the crown, 
that minister should hand some repn 

tative to make known the hopes andwishesoi so 
large and so influential a number of those affected— 
and keenly affected — by the slighest change in the 
regulations of that department over which he- 
presides. < r. W. l :: 


In a recent number of The White and Bli e 1 
noticed a communication frenn a graduate, pointing 
out the need there is for a chair in political econ- 
omy in University College. With it 1 agree ; but I 
would like to see somethin i Ise besides: I would 
like to see at least one professoi in law appointed, 
and the nucleus of a faculty in law the 

For the degree of bachelor of laws, candi- 
dates are required to take tin- first two yeai in 
arts, and then three years in law. 1 think, per- 
haps, that this course could be recast and replaced 
by one of four years. If that were the case, and it 
there was a professor of political economy and 
one of law, with the lectures how given in histor) 
in the arts course, a fail [ii - - ild b mad 

toward impai I ng i tiniven ty education in law a 
thing hitherto unknown in Ontario. In Montreal 
it is different, then- beiu ; a fai ttlty of law m con. 
nection with McGili C illege Once the experimi 
wen; tried, I venture to say it ' uld not be long 
In fore we should have a comparatively stron{ 
school in Ontario. 

To put it m another form, my idea is to stn ngthi 
the faculty of arts by the addition of a chair in 
political economy, and then utilize the lectures in 
history and political economy ol lis arts faculty, in 
i i -i i, u-ction with a course oi lei tureson law. There 
is no want of accommodation in the building foi 
such an addition. 

Though there must be at least two hundred stu- 
dents in law in Toronto, but very lew of them are 
taking the university degree ol bachelor of I.e.-,-.. 
One reason no doubt of this is that there are no 

lectui n law .i 

in this branch of study given ; : 1 

Hall, but 1 r some reason or other thai ha - bet n 
\ with. Both in arts and in 

tin -are teaching fa u id large graduating 

;s; in law no instruction is given, and the 

numbei proceeding to the degree el B. !.. B. is 

small. This very tacl ■ - I the othei day 

by one of the oldest judges of the p >\ i e md he 

further n i andi- 

lion that t ag >' 

could well insist on a unh - - ty educati t, both in 

law and in arts, from those wishing to enter it. 

He hoped a to si tome step ; taken I iward 

1. th in 1 tw an-! in ii licine being gi /en at 


It might be th: t a beginning could I - i 

without appoint - i i ulai p law ; 

. . . ; , - : I men in Toronto could 

In se< no .1 to del, ui enl lectures, and this 

bi I that it would in >t iiiti rfere -a ith 

iheii practice. 1 -a- mid like to heai Irom si mie 
oil n this qui stion. ' I . 


An ilea is prevalent in the adjoining rept 
that a large number of the students of Us v,u i ins 
colleges put in their vacation as hotel waiters at 
summei resorts. The funny man ol the American 
newspaj ier is probably hin i n at 

many of the, fl.ccoun.ts .-.huh -■ I ol L'ali t»d 

Harvard n a acting in 1 it y. But tl 

must be s mie t mnd iti m i- n the belief, for the 
Roan to tl ittei 

'Tie pi sition in which the students of sonn ol 
our higher institutions place themselves b) e 

is hotel waiters at our fashionabli 
resorts, would seem to call lor some soil of an 
e planation on the part of the young mi i ho are 
pleased t-> so indulge themselves. Irom the 

mdpoint oi ne- essity the-, c an in I I hem- 

es ; — there are positions certain!) of more dig- 
nity than that of the hod I w.utei open to any 
moderately qualified ( young man, and to say that 
,i .i, - i impels them, is only to admit i hi ir 
utter want of qualification for a higher sphere. 
Ii this is so, by ail me in . let tbei e per- 

:ntly in the position, and no longer play the 
role of educated civilians, when they can m 

htei li- Its in the bn -ad held ot whiti ipi n i 

• V\ e not adieu e the hotel vai i i uch, 

ier can we admire the studi nt 
ti nsive in his capa t usefulness that tin 

nifii d surroundings of classii halls and the odori 
I: rous panti j ol the fa hipnable hot I ha - - equal 
i i . ns for his si iaring genius. 

- i- i] lament the fact thai thei 

eal student u 

i . rion in the mil' on ■ 

, , i ; | ei. g cri litis, ici .iiele. hal not, to 

isty, hungry and impudent public. We think 

lcI would be l>< ne- 

■ in this connection.' 

We nevei heard of a Canadian student having 
to I. ill hack - ii sue h an oci m i itii ; 

Some ol our readers probably do not know that 
at Windsor, Nova Scotia, there exists an educa- 
tional institution known as King's College. Yet 
listen to the sublime i hei 1. oi ere of the stud 
there in a recent issue of its papei 

i m an 3 years the fore m i I I - n t h e 

I lominion.' But our bin I I rothi rs by the 

si a alwavs had a g ! opinion of thi ir institute 



Professor Goi dwin Smith was a' bystander' at 
the football match this afternoon. 

inquiri< i were made after the young man 

msible for the programmes which 

distributed at the meeting last 

Mr. LM. Gibson, M.P. P., an old 

bi asl ed to address the Societ) 

pproa( hing session of the < mtai io 

iblj . 

A Si iiooj oi v -' ii« e man aski d a medii al at the 

natch what it was the medicals weri 

i fa bottle that one of their partizans 

.. ,ld that it w as Hon water. 

mi that th • College Council in- 

trUl nment to give tin m the 

h twin- as} lam in the park, and a 

erei t it as a student hall in the 

Tin: I ard in 'getting up' in 

ihoul I bi heard oftener, and 

,„. , east bi one junior 

It is only by beginning early that 


leeting of the. 
i , Jit is 1 >oes poetry declin 

- \ he dist ussion i.-, to i 
oi speakii 
tin-, I es of last winter were 


i i i iday night was a great 
. , ; ■ . of Mr. Vam L r 

.. was a I "iir, and the 

The old lectin, - 

; . ■ ', .1 a good part 

i ; ladies. Mr. 

i the chair, Professor 



; by quoting the following 

m< e hi it i deliv, red by a 

i . i untenance an, I gold- 

: • ta les, like Pickwick turned Scotch- 

drman, to be a 

leool ! kets, unless he 

in it,- returrn." (Laughter) 

lidin' print :j l< he pi • ipi ised to 

,' ers i if this si iciety 

; , tp< el . 

. iffered to its 

classi i tie- fi 'lh iwing 

a ] tctise in the dis- 

ccording to established rules 

: , ■ i i'i eaci and public 

fi m ocial in 

V. i 

ing nation ; 

.( all hiii' i . 

English speak- 
!■■ ■; was liable to 
n't in public mi 

ii this 

nut be a , 

nd elegant 

eh it might emphatically be 

: i road to perfection, had 

ab i manifi ;t that no words were 

I l th ; its applicability t, i 
purposes won! i .-.-. It was not, 

!.: that so little had 
that the 

an ait in itself, not I 

[uir, ,| b; theon tical disquisitions, but requiring 
the constant tea, hing and supi rvision oi an expert 
a course of training for which members had not 
time to spare with a curriculum that demanded 
i i, as ours (applause). The plan 
hitherto pursued oi engaging a professional elo- 
cutionist had not proved ver) successful, and the 
pn idi i . .a igested that the so, ii ty might do well 
in securing the si rvices oi such a professional man 
i . attend ail ordinary mi etings and act as critic on 
the rhetorii d and elecutionary portions of the de- 
batesandrea lings. Public speaking, however.hadal- 

,,.e rded as the chief obje< tofthissocii ty; 

and it was here accordingly we had attained our 
jreatest success. To show that this success had 
not, in man} i a ie - at least, bi en only tempor- 
ary, the societ} vas able to point to the names of 
i large iiumbei ol members ol this society who 

occupied at present minent positions m the 

p,il ( Mt, in tiie legislatures, on the bench and 
,, t the bai I Vpp] luse.) [1 was a it m essary to 
ph id .0 any great length in justification oi what 

eadil) admitted to lie not only a hi \ 
agreeable but an exceedingly useful accomplish- 
ment. Many elaborate treatises were to be found 
ited to the subject, and containing general 
rules for the guidance oi peakers in the 

preparation oi their speeches ; and the essayist 
would only offer a few remarks respecting rather 
die outward form than the inner contents of 
lies respecting rhetoric rather than logic, 
rhe matter oi a speech was of course of superior 
irtance, but, at the same time, when you had 
anythii to ;aj you should know how to say it. 
You must know how to communicate it to 
. is, not oniy forcibly, to command respect, but 
agreeably, to command attention, Without this 

,,. uld not hope to attain Cicero's ideal of the 

'optimus orator' as one 'qui animos andientium ct 
docet, et delectat et permovet.' (Loud applause by 
the fre timet) | 'I he faults of young speakers were 
either faults of diction or of enunciation and deli- 
cacv. Of diction, the principal faults were inele- 
gance, obscurity and affectation. None of these 
faults were unknown to our society. Were they 
even uncommon? How often did we hear some 
enthusiastic debater asserting that he had with 
pleasure drank in the eloquence of his friend ; that 
it did not lay with the gentlemen opposite to 
de i," th, se facts, and other expressions of a similar 
character ? Another will innocently remark 'Those 
sort of thin;_'s, Mr. Chairman, is always to be 
avoided. (Laughter). Other faults were some- 
times heard which should .never proceed from 
the mouth of any educated gentleman, e.g., words 
like 'tremenduous,' or monstrous word forma- 
The remedy for these vices is the 
I one of practice, and keeping guard over 
one's colloquial speech, and an endeavor to 
peak with purity and correctness in one's 
Ni ,i uni ommonly the fault 
ras due to the fact that the speaker, 
nol having icquired the power of watching 
his words, used words which actually 
conveyed an idea widely different from that 
he intended to convi j , or it might arise from 

i that were essen- 

, thi n i He el ',!; , I., ii :e , et- from bad ar- 
n Hi speakei forgot the construc- 
. el, ,,, i M , |, he b is si ei. 'ii- i as Tt is my 
i his evi nne; whi n we are all so pleasantly 
eei, I rise te move,' etc , (laughter) ; or 
en rds tiected i in sense are discon- 
tructii ii .' in the well-known ad- 
vertisement ' v, '" I" ti i tike i harge 
ofaspan of ho • turn of mind' 

Th,. cure foi tins Mi .■ oi obs< ur 
poinl out, but not so easy to apply. 
Perspic uity, like elegi e ly attained by con- 
stant p. ,;• tii . mi til it ha ■ bei ome a habit, a second 
nature. You must not. hi iweVi i , mllict on 

ds ami relativi long el peechi ; or you 
would be shunned by all i isidu- 

tion, and thei ireful 
I cribed in the curri- 

•] i h ii-.' hi uld be i tilth ated oi ui ing 

pure and choice English in the translation of such 
ancient and foreign classics as are prescribed in the 
curriculum. The last vice of diction referred to 
was that of affectation — affectation of wit, of 
learning, of superior excellence, and finally of 
pathos and enthusiasm. He would urge on 
young speakers to be wary of the too common 
desire of making their hearers laugh. Laughter 
was easy to excite, but it was not always given to 
the funny man to discern whether the features of 
the aud ence were moved to risibility by the 
speaker's wit or at his foolishness. No weapon was 
more powerful than sarcasm, but if clumsily 
wielded it was like a boomerang which very 
often refused its office and recoiled on the user. 
Then there was the affectation of superior knowledge 
shown principally in the extensive use of technical 
terms, and displayed most frequently in this society 
by honor men in metaphysics (loud laughter) — who 
flung about with profusion such words as appercep- 
ti,n. cqnditionatipn and the rest of that sort of 
jai gi 'ii. and who seemed to takedelight in the gaping 
ignorance of their audience (loud laughter). For 
all forms of affectation the only remedy was com- 
mon sense. The forms of affectation above mentioned 
• against good taste, but there were other 
forms such as affectation of pathos or an enthusi- 
asm not felt, which were offences against 
honesty. False pathos and false enthusiasm 
wei, usually their own Nemesis; like falsehood 
in all its forms, they generally end in bathos and 
e\, ite i ule. The speaker then alluded briefly 
to the vices of enunciation or delivery, which in- 
cluded in its widest sense pronunciation, accentu- 
ation, modulation of the voice and gesture, and 
gave strikin| examples of how good taste was apt 
to be offended in all these particulars. Haying 
referred to the practical advantages derived from 
the society, the speaker touched upon some of the 
bem fits arising from social intercourse. They 
were two-fold and derived partly from the training 
gi\vn by the society in habits of tolerance toward 
those incongenial tous,and partlyfrom the opportu- 
nities here offered of cementing friendships with 
such of our fellows as were congenial to us. Rivalry 
of course must exist, but it would be theirendeavour 
to admit of nothing but a noble rivalry in promot- 
ing the common welfare. The society was an excel- 
lent school forgetting rid of self-conceit, with which 
the fresh matriculant was bountifully endowed, 
and which, though sensibly diminished by the end 
of the first academic year would be apt to break 
out again in new forms, were it not for the whole- 
somecheck applied by the public criticism of fellow 
members. A much greater and undoubtedly a 
much pleasanter advantage conferred by the Society 
was the abundant opportunities it afforded students 
of becoming mutually acquainted with one another, 
and learning to value at their true worth those 
qualities ino'hers which attracted affection, as well 
as those which commanded respect. In thecourse 
of his remarks the President paid a deserved tribute 
to the two professors who were soon to lay 
aside their harness after so long and so successful a 
career in the spheres in which they had laboured 
(loud applause}. The Pn '.good enough 

to refer to ourselves nil give us the encouragi 
lie ut that The White and Rlub would, it one 
might judge from the numbers that have already 
appeared, prove a valuable vehicle of academic 
i well as an organ of undergraduate opinion. 
The president closed his address by strongly vin- 
dicating the loyaltj of the alumni of the University 
to their Alma Mater, and of Canadians to their 
own country, and to the British Empire, in which 
• respect the inscription on the monument in 
1 1', park, and the memorial window in Convocation 
: ! ; ■,, re the prool » (Loud applause.) 

I I! I- Oil. 

After a reading b) Mr. Geo. Acheson the 
q U , ;tii ,ii ■ Was thi i itence oi pai tii s a benefil t ■ 
the State?, n on with. Th" alliriiiath e 
,, . i, mi' '1 b Mi [ohn .ion ami Mr. I leu id - 
and Hi ii' ;ative b) Me M. ( Iregoi and Mr. Shoi ti 
All tin spi ' !., , ■■ ei ; oni s, that of Mr. 

i being espei iallj a bulk mi i ffort, 




1 i low will be found the twelve highest scores at 
i e recent matchof the college rifle company. The 
In', i in 4 yet been allotted. 

i. Pte. Blake points. 52 

■1 iri tougall .... " 50 

; . I 'te. > '1 uickshank " 50 

4. Pte. Mustard " 50 

1 'te. Mc tntyre ■' 50 

6 Pti Tyrrell " 50 

7. Lieut Stanley " 49 

" 4« 

9, Corpl. Ruttan " 41 

10. 1 'te Dolsen 42 

11 Pte Cayley " 40 

1 j. l'te. Freeman " 40 

■ tafl Prize. Staff-Sergt. Walk< r, 52 points 
Ex-Members Prize, Capt. and Ex.-Sergt. Dela- 

nii a 47 pi 'ints. 


'I In' 1 4 1 -postponed tie between the Toronto School 
oi Medicine and our Association was played this 
afternoon on the lawn. The favourable weather 
with tin- expectations of an exciting contest induced 
a large number of students and others to attend as 

: it 1 us. The enthusiastic desire of the medicals 
for the success of their f< How-students influenced a 
very considerable body of them to come up, bu.t 
their numbers wi re more than equalled by those of 
mil own students, who evinced a very creditable 
anxiety as to the result of the match, and contributed 
not a little to speed on the members of the team b) 
their plaudits. The team of the medicals was as 
follows: Tracy, goal; Johnson and Hamill, backs ; 
Howett and Nicolsoh, half-backs ; Bell, Jackson, 
Ross, liingham (captain), Cotton, Gunn, forwards; 
Mr. W. II. Aikins acted as their umpire. The 
College team was composed of : A. V. Lee, goal; 
Carruthers and Broadfoot, backs; Haig and Laid 
law, half-backs ; Milligan, Miles. Richardson, 
McDougall (captain), Elliott, McEachern, for- 

! .Mr. \V. F. Maclean officiated as umpire 
and with him and the umpire for the medicals Mr. 
Hunter of Trinity Medical School acted as referee 
The ball was placed for the kick-off at 3:15. and 
it was apparent on the team;, fa;ing one anothei 
thai the advantage of weight was on the side of the 
doctors. The medicals won the toss choosing to 
kick toward the School of Practical Science, and 
the College accordingly had the right to the kick- 
ofj Mi Dougall resolved to commence the attack 
on the left of the citadel, and passed back to Laid- 
law who was to lack to Milligan on the outside iait 
failing t.i do so in time the ball was kicked behind 
our goal line by one of the medicals. With this 
seemingl) ominous opening the game began. On 
Lee's ki( king out. however, the ball passed rapidly 
down the field, ami a dangerous chance ten' goal was 
missed '1 his gave the backs of the visitors a 
chance to return the ball to the neighbourhood oi 
the ". d but it again was run down in the 

il I 1 .only to be again returned to the 
. nd of the field. l ; p to this point il was 
impos ble to forebode which team w is to have the 
advanl ige, and repeated repulses of attacks upon 
in 1 1: , i I !, [hteaed the uncertainty. 

At lasl 1 lii' medicals, in self-defence kicked behind 
their own goaljline, and a splendidly placed kick was 

I dcen from the 1 n m 1 ] <; I . ii Haw The con- 
sequent attack on goal was again unsuccessful, 

I I I. vi 1 . as tli" College f< 1 wards were too far out 

;nil. The rubber pa ed up field, and the 
fortress of the College narrow 1 e caped capture. 
\\ hen tin' call ' half time ' was given by the 
referee no goal had been 1 ored by eithei 1 le, and 
in 'n' could, with any degree' ol reason, premise the 
of the ' um 
PI i\ ■ .1 i * lime 1 aftei five ininuti . re: t. the 
usual 1 Inn ;e oi gi ial I < madi . Whether this 

was an advantage to oui '■ rm 1 1 que tion, but 
tin' whole ten. 11 . 4 tin- game w is i hangi I from this 
out. rhi' Kill imme liatel) was carried to the 
medical's goal, and any pei ion present who had 
suspicions that our students ... afflicted 

will) pulmonale complaint mu-t have ha.': 
dissipated when he heard the cheer upon cheer that 
was sent up asonr men [frade brilliant plays. I he 
1 1 is 'is 1.1 the in. ii lii il -. ,vere frequi ntly in dangi 1 
as attack followed attack upon theii line. The ball 
if 11 ever left the vi< inil 5 ■( 1 Ins. .■. .1! 1 mlj 1 ami 
down hi 1.1 to b returned bj Haig '.'-In 1 played with 
thai 1 ■ i i-i . ii 1:1 '.'. hich has ictei ized him 

1 1 \. 1 mat 1 ari um. I 

him, -the ball ultimate! , and from him it 

pa . 1 - 1 ti - mil' of our f oi Phe forwards cei 

tred well lis- in irlt .i.n.l right, and man) kicks upon 
goal were ofllj ivi : 1 ■ ■ 1 ■ goa keeper. On the 
right McEachern ami Elliott unselfishlj passed and 
repassed to one another, till at a convenient time 
they kicked ' centres,' where Lii hardson and Lee 
(who played forward aftei the call ' half- time ') with 
Miles and Milligan, wh 1 did Ihe same from the lefi 
of> the held, waite 1 to kick on goal. Twice the 
mfedicals were forced to kick behind their own goal 
line. The first rush was unsuccessful owing to a 
bad try kick, but the second try was instrumental in 
winning the match. The ball came well up, ami 
was • brested ' by Miles to McEachren, who, with a 
well-directed kick', sent it through the (lags. 4 
being yet a few -minutes till time should be called, 
the ball was again kicked off, and now the mi', is al 
playing with a despairing courage, exhibited the I h si 
form they showed in the whole day. For the mils' 
time in the latter half of the game the ball passed 
behind the College goal line, but it was again soon 
at tin: other end of the held, and till time was 
called no further goal was scored. 

The College thus wins the tie in the first set 
for the cup, and we only hope they may in future 
be as successful. The playing of the backs, Car- 
ruth. is and Iroadfoot, w as extremely good, that of 
the latter being pronounoed by many footballers 
to be the best they have seen. His very starting in 
meet the ball was the signal of an outburst of 
applause from the College students, and the chi ei 
was always prolonged when, with asplendid kick, lit 
sent the ball up among the Varsity forwards. 

For the School, Bingham, Gunn and Howett 
exhibited the best form. 

On the whole the two clubs played well, but 
there is room for improvement on both sides in the 
matter of combined play. ['he secret of the sin. 1 
of the Toronto Lacrosse Club has been to pl.t) to 
one another and this is even more applicable to 
it iotb ill than to lacrosse. 


Ode I.. 38. 

This lavish finery I abhor. 

These wri iths with linden bound I hati 
Oh cease, my man, I do implore, 

To seek where roses lingei late. 

That naught with cai 1 , is my bi hi 1 
But myrtl ild 1 niw ine, 

1 ii- >i vi'ii ■ hi] vis, suit th.'f best, 
mi me while « J r inkii n vine. 

Boon LI, 1 s.i. 13. 

1. 1 : si-,.. 1. 1. tuntain, cleai .... 1 r ., 
I hat ■'. .in' 'ii • rve ind fl too 

A kid, before 1 mi 1 

In'i iflce shall .Is :..i J OU. 

His budding horns foreti 11 ihe si 11 k 
01 battle .1- i' I. ivi . si vain 

1 '■ .1 '. : ■ ll. .I:, 

His blood your n v -in .mi shall stain. 

'lln In .a ilif fiery dog tai t» ings 

. ■ 1 : . 1 hi : you, af whose retreat 
pi ings, 
1 i meet. 

Y..S ii... shall 1. ■ ,t f mnl 1 enowned, 

.ni' 1 i s praisi j :avern deep, 

Win if scai lii oak is planted round, 
And a. iv n ; babbling wati rs [1 p. 

II Mil IS 

COLUMB . I .::;.,; boasts 1 4 an elido \ 'nent 

fund amounting to 8 oo; [ohn Hopkins I n- 

ini sit} . at I '..I: si ire, has one of $3,000,000; Har- 
vard, 1 2,500,000 ; Cornel ■ ■ 00; Dartmouth, 

-1 00.0 I. Yale 1 endowments amount to i35o,- 
000. Dartmouth has an endowment oi 
fiiinnl a. eh lir of Anglo-Saxon. 

It is to be hoped that the Society will be able, 
on the occasion "I tin next inaugural address, to 
secure the use o) Convocation Hall. It is simply 
disgraceful that students hav< no bettei place to 
ask their friends and the public thai: tl e ill-' 
lated, ill-lighted room in which the meet ng oi 
Friday night wa: was held. There is no 
in the halls, the approaches to the entrance are 
without knaps, and mi a dark night it is nothing 
less than tl mgeious tor ladit-s ami strangers to got 
into the building. 

The lectures of the current term at Oxford are 

s ml l" "Her m 4 lung of any spot: ial novelty or in er- 
esl. Mr Patterson lectures on the " Early Re- 
lations of the Sla\ 1 .sml the Kingdom of Hungary, ' 
and Pr. 4- s : Rhys, it is hoped, will give further 
information concerning the Celtic and pre-Celtu 
inhabitants of I Sritain. 


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As a graduate of a few years standing, I still take 
a great interest in the affairs of my Alma Mater, and 
can enter as heartily as ten years ago into the woes 
and greviances of the stu 'ent's of to-day, of which 
your pleasant — and I think improving little sheet 
is such an able exponent. Judge of my surprise in 
finding in your issue a few verses I wrote, when, 
as you correctly surmised — a freshman very badly 
smitten by a young lady, who was to me a perfect 
goddess, and who, by the bye, is at the present 
moment the delighted mother of as fine a pair of 
twins as one could wish to see anywhere ; one of 
them being my god-child and called Callimachus 
Catullus, after his talented and poetical god-papa. 
Since I wrote those lines several years have passed. 
If you can find space for the accompanying verses 
you will enable me to show how differently things 
appear after a few years. 

I see you have put a motto to my former attempt. 
As a piece of advice to freshmen might I propose 
for the enclosed 'stultos docet experientia,' 'da 
locum mciioribus.' Graduate. 


When the night is cold and cheerless, and the rain slow 

trickles down my back 
Where no gas lamp fitfully glitters on the mud-pools flooding 

the track, 
When hushed are the tender love songs of the cats on the 

wet roof above, 
My thoughts, like the mule for its stable, turn ever to thee, 

my love. 

When wearily over the portage we're staggering under our 

And the playful black-fly and skeeters half madden with 

vicious goads, 
Or when, perchance, on the billow, all medicines useless 

My thoughts, like my food to the fishes, turn ever to thee 

my love. 

If wealth were poured upon me in showers like the 'Doctor's 

Not a cuss would I care about it, since yon've got enough 

for both, 
And if poor in this world's riches 'twere my lot on earth to 


The funds in the bank to your credit would soon bring me 
back to thee. 

The Governor-General has presented two medals, 
gold and silver, to the University of McGill College. 
The gold medal will be offered for proficiency in 
modern languages — the competition to be open to 
students of all faculties — and the silver medal will 
be awarded to the student taking first place in the 
senior year in applied science. 

It was at 8.50 A. M., and he braced up and 
warbled : 

"And when the bell doth ring, 
1 ginurally go below to sing, 

And listen to the voice of the tuneful profs.; 
And so do the seniors and the juniors and the sophs ; " 

and then six strong men laid hold of him, carried 
him gently and softly to the fourth-story window, ' 
and dropped him down upon the cold, hard pave- 
ment beneath. — Student Life. 

Nearly seventy-five per cent, of the students of 
New England colleges are in the full classical 
course — that is, are studying for the degree of A. B. 
In the Western States the sciences and modern 
languages are pursued, to the exclusion of Greek, 
less than forty-three percent, of the students being 
in the classical course. 


The foundation stone of the new University of 
Adelaide was laid a few weeks ago by Sir W. F. 
Jervois, Governor of South Australia. The build- 
ing will cost ^24,000, and will be principally of 
Sydney white stone. The design is in the modern 
Gothic style. 

The University of Halifax has five Affiliated 
Colleges. Heretofore the examination papers have 
not been printed, but papyrographed.J However 
owing to the indistinctness of these papers, another 
process probably the electric pen - is to be em- 
ployed, whereby the same sccresycan bepreserved, 
and greater legibility secured. 


In arguing a question the debater should first of 
all run a base line, and then arrange his arguments 
as lines running at right angles to that line. The 
debate on Friday night seemed to me to be faulty 
because a wrong governing line had been adopted 
by the speakers who took part in it. The ques- 
tion whether Civilization has a tendency to cause 
Poetry to decline can be settled satisfactorily only 
by an appeal to the facts of history, and by an en- 
deavor to define the nature and relative value of 
the poetry written at different periods of the world's 
civilization. ( n the whole it may be said that the 
world has steadily advanced in civilization from 
the beginning, and if the elements of civilization 
have wrought any effects on the poetic art among 
men these effects will be seen in such productions 
as the poets from time to time have given birth to. 
Civilization has been at work since the beginning 
of history, and has produced certain results. 
What are the results it has produced in reference 
to poetry ? How has it affected that branch of 
human affairs ? This appeal to history, this com- 
parison of the poetry of civilized with uncivilized 
times, appears to me to be the base line by which the 
debaters should have been guided. They, however, 
or the majority of them, looked at the question on 
its theoretical or speculative side. They resolved 
poetry into its component parts, and shewed how 
the elements of civilization must effect those parts : 
not how it has practically affected them in the 
past, but how, in their opinion, it must affect them 
when the one is brought to bear on the other. 
For instance it was said that imagination was a 
commanding element in poetry, and that the end. 
of civilization was to render men more matter- 
of-fact and more reflective on what they saw 
about them, and consequently less imaginative ; 
and hence it was argued that civilization, 
causing the imaginative faculty to be less 
vigorous, caused a corresponding decline in 
poetry. If this argument be true, its validity 
will not be so readily manifest by asserting that 
things point to its being so, as by showing from 
history that in fact it is so. This, of course, pre- 
sumes that in whatever poets have been affected 
by the progressing civilization of the world, in the 
same way it will be seen in their poetical works. 

C. E. 



The annually increasing number of students who 
come up to the University for examination is, be- 
yond question, a just cause of gratification to all of 
us. But, at the same time, it is a fact involving 
some serious problems, whose solution should not 
be allowed to pass by unapproached. Canada has 
yet barely passed the boundary which distinguishes 
a primitive country from an old and settled one. 
Her population may be said to be chiefly composed 
of pioneers ; their work is one of construction 
rather than ornamentation ; and therefore the 
classes whom we most require are those who are 
ready to put their hand to the hammer or the 
plough ; who can till a field, build a house, or keep 
a shop. 

Nosv, will this growing native taste for higher 
education have the effect of developing the learned 
classes in Canada to an abnormal extent ? Will 
it create a sort of learned 'snobocracy,' which des- 
pises manual labor or mercantile pursuits ? Will 
it tend to swell the so-called learned professions, 
and to crowd the centres of population ? Will it 
render the supply of educated men so abundant as 
to reduce the compensation which their services 
ought to command, and thus bring the advantages 
of higher education into disrepute ? Whatever the 
answer to these questions may be, they will have 
to be answered in one way or another before long' 
as some of the evils to which they point are already 
beginning to appear. 

All who know anything of the students attending 
this college must have perceived among them the 
almost universal idea that the only doors open to 
them, on their leaving college, are those of the 
three so-called 'learned' professions: law, medi- 
cine, or the church. Some, it is true, alter gradu- 
ating, follow teaching, but usually only in the hope 
of making it a stepping-stone. It is now the rule but, 
like every rule it has its exceptions that young men 
who have chosen the medical profession enter a 
medical school, and proceed at once with their 
technical education, without taking a course in 
arts. We consequently find that of those attending 
University College, and aspiring to a degree in arts, 
while a considerable number are preparing for the 
ministry, the majority are destined for that rcfugium 
peccatorum — the law. There is a third and pretty 
large class of students, who start out with no definite 
purpose, but ultimately drop, somewhat willy-nilly, 
into the law as their last and only resort. 

The result of this influx into one channel is 
already, to a considerable extent, apparent. The 
legal profession is overcrowded. Many a lawyer 
in the city of Toronto makes little more than an 
ordinarily well-paid clerk. And yet, it is at once a 
saddening and an amusing sight to see the armies 
of ambitious youths who every spring and fall 
swarm the corridors of Osgoode Hall to pass the 
examinations of the Law Society. What becomes 
of them all it is impossible to conceive. One thing 
is certain, that though Canadians — to their dis- 
credit be it said — are about as litigious as other 
people, these youths do not all find bread-and-but- 
ter-supplying work in law. The money-making 
opportunities in the profession are confined to a 
comparatively few firms in each locality. The rest 
of the fraternity are driven either to seek other 
avocations altogether, or to combine with then 
legal business that of speculating in stocks or real 

estate, acting as financial or insurance agents, or 
something of the kind. I shudder to contemplate 
the condition of things which must ensue if this 
tendency law-ward continue lor many years longer. 
Now, how is this craze after the learned profes- 
sions, especially after law, to be removed ? Of 
course, as the evil grows — and it must grow- it will 
become more manifest, and thus, to a certain ex- 
tent, cure itself. Still, much can be done by at- 
tempting to remove the causes of the evil. These 
I apprehend to be chiefly two. 

In the first place, there is a notion among stu- 
dents that education should entirely subserve 
utility — in other words, that a university education 
should possess a money value in the markets of 
the world. Though undoubtedly, judged by the 
simple standard of dollars and cents, a man with a 
degree is worth more than one without it, yet any- 
one who expects its full value to be recognized in 
the hurly-burly of business life is doomed to dis- 
appointment. The world values a man simply ac- 
cording to his ability to fulfil the functions of his 
particular sphere or calling. Let it not be imag- 
ined, however, that I am underrating an arts course ; 
I am only trying to show that it is not considered 
necessary to the making of a good lawyer or a 
good doctor. But, after all, are there not nobler 
uses for education than that of making money ? 
Should we not expect the worshippers at the shrine 
of learning to be imbued with a loftier aim than 
that of selling their acquirements to the highest 
bidder ? Learning, like goodness, must be courted 
for its own sake ; and the man who so courts it 
will not fail to discover and appreciate its true 
utility, in rendering him more capable, other 
things being equal, to fill any station in life than 
the uneducated man ; in expanding and ennobling 
his own nature; in causing him to hold a humbler 
estimate of himself, and to regard in a more gener- 
ous and sympathetic spirit the faults and failings 
of others ; in inspiring him with such a breadth of 
interest that he can say with the ancient poet, ' I am 
a man, and nothing that concerns humanity do I 
deem a matter of indifference to me ' ; in providing 
him, in short, with a spring ot genuine happiness, 
whose depth is infinite and whose duration is 

The second cause of the evil to which I have 
referred, is the false value that is commonly at- 
tached to the learned professions. Certainly no 
occupations that I am acquainted with offer more 
opportunities for the exercise of practical benevo- 
lence than those of the pulpit and medicine, especi- 
ally the latter. But this is a consideration which, 
I am sorry to say, does not often enter the minds 
of those who have chosen the learned professions, 
unless in the case of the ministry. It is generally 
thought that they are more ' respectable,' that they 
indicate a higher standard of intellect, and that 
they open more doors for ambition, than other 
occupations. But not one of these notions is 
strLtly true. 

Nearly every occupation in active life, to a great 
extent, is mechanical; but, on the other hand, there 
is none in which intelligence and education do not 
confer an advantage. We want in Canada many 
more educated merchants, mechanics, bankers, and 
farmers, and there is no reason why a university 
graduate should not enter any one of these pur- 
suits — not to be a menial, but to acquire such a 
station of distinction as his superior abilities en- 
title him to. In any one of these spheres there are 
ample rewards for legitimate ambition. I shall not 
stop to point to the many eminent merchants, agri- 
culturists, and mechanics whom the world's 
history has enshrined. They can easily be re- 
called ; we have them in our own Canada, occupy- 
ing high positions in the state or in society. 

Of course every young man should as:; himself 
for what occupation his natural and acquired abili- 
ties most fit him, and to which his inclination most 
disposes him, and by all means follow that. But 
by no means let him so restrict his choice as to 
confine himself to two or three, for none of 
which, perhaps, has he any aptitude whatever. 



All the students will agree with me in saying 
that the failure of the conversazione last year was 
a great blank in our college life. There is no 
doubt many advantages centre round such a so- 
cial gathering, which gives the members of the 
society and the students — not to mention the pro- 
fessors and others — an opportunity of entertaining 
their friends so agreeably with an evening's amuse- 
ment. It has ever been admitted, by those not 
connected directly with, as well as by those having 
a direct interest in, the college and her students, 
that the conversazione of the Literary and Scien- 
tific Society of University College is the most en- 
joyable entertainment of the season — second to 
none, but rather first of all. Yet this very excel- 
lence tended in a certain way to be an injury. The 
reunion became so popular that all who could gain 
admission did not fail to be present, and so the 
crowd becamegreater than the accommodation. On 
looking back it will be seen that the attt ndance was 
too large for the accommodation, and that the Col- 
lege Council was justified in taking some steps to re- 
strain the numbers present within due bounds. 
One thing is certain, this body had no intention of 
abolishing the most prominent entertainment of 
the Society, but rather to keep it within the 
limits of comfort. Now that the College lias be- 
come so far-famed as a seat of learning, and so 
many are attracted to her halls, it would be quite 
impossible to give each student five tickets as 
heretofore. The day once was when there were but 
few students, and it was quite in keeping that 
each should have the right of admitting five. 
This is no longer possible and I feel confident that, 
to further a good cause, none will object to taking 
a less number of tickets. With this, as with all 
gatherings, the number ol those to be invited must 
be limited, and the best criterion for this limit is the 
size of the hall set apaitfor their reception, and 
not the number of friends of those who ex- 
tend the invitations ; for were such the case 
no public building in the city would suffice. If I 
may be permitted to make a few suggestions as to 
how this object can be attained, I would remark 
(r) that only three tickets be given each student, 
being himself admitted by cap and gown. There 
are upwards of three hundred in regular attendance, 
and out of this number probably not more than , 
two hundred would secure tickets, making between 
eight hundred and one thousand who would be 
present through students ; and (2) to issue no com- 
plimentary tickets except to such as the Society 
may think entitled thereto from their close connec- 
tion with the college ; so that thenumber thusadmit- 
ted would not exceed two hundred. By following 
this course there would not be over twelve hundred 
present, a number quite in keeping with the hall 
and the wishes of the College Council, whose plea- 
sure in this matter ought to be considered. 

This annual conversazione is of unquestionable 
social advantage to the students, as it brings tliem 
all together for once on a common platform where 
their feelings and interests are one. But this is 
not all. Oftimes have I heard the public express 
a far more lively interest in the students and the 
college they prize so highly, after one of these en- 
tertainments, which open up, it may be for the 
first time, the bright side of college life to many 
who have friends here seeking our much valued 
degrees. I cannot but regret to think that the 
conversazione is a thing of the past, and hope 
that active measures shall soon be taken to stir it 
to full life and vigor, and '.hat it may bear better 
and brighter results for having lain dormant a 
year. How much should not e very student prize 
the privilege of treating at least three of his best 
friends to an entertainment he can call all his own, 
and thus make some return for the many acts of 
kindness confern 1 upon himself. 

Should this set others thinking about the mat- 
ter, the writer's object will be attained, for it re- 
quires but little th.aight to start our conversazione 
once more into active life. 1 



A meeting of undergraduates will be held in 
Prof. Young's lecture-room, on Thursday the 27th 
inst, at 8 o'clock, for the purpose of forming a Glee 
Club, and taking steps to begin practice as soon as 

The roll-call of the Society this year has shown 
an average attendance of between ninety and one 
hundred members. ^The average attendance last 
year was sixty-five. The number of n< w members 
so far this year is sixty-four. 

One of our men took home a last week's copy 
of this paper and showed it to his landlady. She 
looked it over, and on handing it back said "Why 
don't you call it The Rep White and Blue?' He 
replied ' it is The read White and Blue.' She 
saw the point, and swinging a broomstick round her 
head, shouted, ' Quis crudus tibi ledum album ct 

It is pretty well understood that the Ontario 
Government intend submitting to the Legislature at 
its approaching session a piososal to erect new 
parliament buildings. '1 he site most talked of is in 
the Queen's | ark, near where the flagstaff now stands. 
The proximity of the legislative halls to our own 
debating society's building, will, no doubt have an 
elevating and refining influence on the discussions 
of our legislators. 


The society met on Friday night in the old Medi- 
cal school, the President in the chair. The motion 
of W. F. Maclean, that the House Committee be 
instructed to suggest a name for the society's build- 
ing, was carried. 

S. Stewart gave notice that at the next regular 
meeting he would move that the society offer a 
prize ot five dollars to the successful writer of a 
college song, candidates to hand in their produc- 
tions before the second meeting previous to the 
annual meeting. 

J. M. Lydgate read an essay, entitled 'Yachting 
in the Southern Seas, which was well received. 
Readings were given by W. Laidlaw and W. K. T. 
Smellie, the former's piece being entitled 'Red 
Jacket,' and the hitter's being the address of Ser- 
geant Buzfuz to the jury, in the Pickwick Papers. 

The debate was an open one and on the ques- 
tion, 'Does Poetry advance as Civilization ad- 
vances? A. C. Courtice opened for the affirma- 
tive, and the other speakers on the same side 
were Mr. Jackson and Mr. Martin. Mr. Cayley, 
Mr. O'Meara and J. H. Brown spoke on the nega- 
tive. The President summed up the arguments 
and decided for the negative. 

Elections to offices followed the Literary pro- 
ceedings, and with the following results : Curator's 
Committee, Lydgate, Carveth, J. McDougall, and 
Smellie. College- Paper, T. McKenzie and E. P. 
Davis. The election of the latter gentleman will 
probably be voided, as he did not obtain a majority 
of votes pulled, although he had a majority of two 
votes over the next highest candidate. The mis- 
take was not discovered till the meeting had ad- 
journed. Roll call — 97 members present, 

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Without lucidity the most learned and otherwise 
accurate article is practically valueless. For the 
sake of lucidity, will the M. A. who in a late 
number wrote the article on ' Another Graduating 
Department Wanted ' explain what he means by 
the following sentence ? ' The Blake scholarship is 
evidently doomed, under the present arrangement, 
to become a prize for competition among pass men, 
and thus the noble object of its founder is certain to 
be to a great extent defeated ' (italics mine). 

I have examined this from every point of view, 
and can find no explanation of it except some that 
seem impossible or improbable, for surely M. A. 
cannot mean that it makes any difference whether 
he be a pass or an honor man, so long as he gets 
up the work sufficiently well to take the scholar- 
ship, nor can he think that talent is only to be 
found among honor men, or that the fact of being 
,111 honor man at college is any criterion of one's 
future position in life. The only way in which the 
above mentioned mystic sentence can be elucidated 
is by M. A. coming forward and explaining. 



In reference to the question of the Mail as to 
the ownership of the white and blue colors, I would 
ask, why not leave the single, decided color, blue, 
for the University, and adopt some modification 
of it, as white and blue, for the college ? Most 
large universities seem to prefer one distinctive 
color, and ours will be fortunate if it can secure for 
itself one such as dark blue. If, too, the day is 
coming when that rather shadowy body, the Uni- 
versity, will stand out in clearer outline as the 
parent of a larger family of colleges, the use of a 
university color will be recognized. 

Further, I would like to ask your opinion on a 
more delicate question. Is a red shield, and so 
much of it, an artistic contrast with dark blue ? 
Surely a sh eld in white would be more according 
to rule. For the matter of that, too, dark blue and 
white was originally sanctioned by use only, not 
by authority, having been introduced by private 
members of the university, so that if yellow, or 
mauve, or any other color, would suit blue better, 
change might well be made. But on this point 
some of your aesthetic contributors may be willing 
to give an opinion. 



I noticed in No. 5 of The White and Blue an 
otherwise good article on football, which was mar- 
red by a regretable omission. The list of clubs in 
connection with the Toronto University, according 
to the writer, embraces two in University College 
and one in the Toronto Medical School. He 
should have included also an excellent Association 
club in the Trinity Medical School, which is affili- 
ated with Toronto University. A. B. 

Moses King, of Cambridge, Mass. has issued the 
prospectus of his Harvard Register, a monthly 
periodical of twelve pages quarto, whose general 
aim is to give every person interested m any 
manner whatsoever in the workings of Harvard 
University, as a whole or in any of its parts, the 
information desired on every current topic. This 
information is to be extended even to recording the 
marriages and deaths of graduates. 

A certain Freshman always begins his excuses, 
' Dear Faculty.' We are aware that the heart of 
the Fresh is affectionate and twining, as it were, 
but we sometimes doubt the expediency of the 
above method ol address Wisleyan Argus 


Despite the charm in the classic numbers of 
" Old Grimes " for our undergraduate, there seems 
to be a growing desire among us for better music 
This has been evidenced in many ways of late : last 
year, the Literary Society offered a prize of five 
dollars for a College chorus, marking distinctly the 
wish to discard the old-time favourite ; and the 
desire for improved musical culture was further 
evinced in the formation of a glee club. But 
these very things served only to shew our lack of 
musical education ; for, of two compositions sent in 
to compete for the Society's prize, neither was 
adjudged worthy of it ; and the quota of attendance 
at the meetings of the glee club was so small that 
nothing could really be accomplished. The columns 
of The White and Blue have already contained 
the moans of music-lovers, showing that the wish 
for impiovement survives among students this year. 
Now 1 wish here to advocate the formation of a 
glee club ; and, if the instances mentioned are 
indications of a genuine desire, I see no reason why, 
if formed, it shouid not be successful. The spirit 
to sacrifice a little time in practice is the first 
requisite, and, when this is seen to prevail among a 
number of us, it is time to consider the circum- 
stances in which the club will be situated. 

The Literary Society last year practically evinced 
its interest in the club by granting it a sum of 
money to rent a piano. This money was not used, 
and could be applied to the purposes intended this 
year ; a small tee would be required of members to 
meet the expenses of a teacher. So much for mone- 
tary considerations. No more fitting acknowledg- 
ment of the kindness of the Society could be made, 
than working for it. It should be the aim of the 
club to practice wdth diligence sufficient to prepare 
some piece of a standard and collegiate nature for 
the conversazione. '1 his would relieve the Society 
of some part of the expense of the concert. It 
might too give selections at the public meetings of 
the Society ; and no doubt the Convocation Hall 
would soon be required to contain all the spectators 
and melody. Such, with the promotion of social 
intercourse, and the refining influence of music, 
would be the aim of the club. That we have good 
voices among us, no one, who has heard our latest 
oratorio ' We'll hang, etc' — pronounced divine on 
all hands — can doubt. In fact there is nothing to 
prevent, there is everything to encourage the forma- 
tion of a glee club in our College, if the students 
have but the will. We have good voices, definite 
aims, and comfortable finances — let every lover of 
music see to it, that the Club has his assistance in 
some way, and it will be a success. It is to be hoped 
there will be a large attendance at the meeting 
elsewhere announced. 


After the Christmas vacation the chair of Chem- 
istry in University College will be filled by Dr. 
William H. Pike, who has accepted the Professor- 
ship on the retirement of Dr. Croft. The selection 
of Dr. Pike for this important chair is likely to 
prove most satisfactory. His reputation is thoroug- 
hly established in the University of Oxford, where 
he is at present engaged as assistant to Professor 
Odling, both in the lecture-room and the laboratory. 
Dr. Pike has been selected from among a consider- 
able number of candidates, several of whom also 
possessed very high qualifications. Dr. Pike, 
although an Englishman, received his special scien- 
tific training in Germany, and is thoroughly con- 
versant with the methods of research adopted in the 
best Continental laboratories. Although still young 
in years, he has been well tested by experience, 
ami we afe assured that he will prove to be not 
only a worthy successorof the accomplished chemist 
who is about to enjoy well deserved repose, but a 
notable addition to the scientific Strength of the 




For the third time these teams met yesterday, 
and the issue was unfortunate for our college. A 
week before, a game was played between them to 
practice Knox for their match with the Carltons, 
and our own team for the Medical match. In this 
game no goal was scored; and the evenness of the 
play was such that none could tell which was the 
better team. On Monday then, when it was an- 
nounced that one of the ties in the second series 
for the cup was University vs. Knox, the knowing 
ones foretold a close contest. How well founded 
these prophecies were was shown in the games of 
Thursday and yesterday. 

On Thursday the ground was in very fair condi- 
tion, and the finest exhibition of football this city 
has seen was given to the large crowd of spectators. 
The team that played for Knox was almost the 
same as that which won the cup last year, and the 
prestige they acquired thereby gave their sympa- 
thisers hope that they would easily conquer the 
University team. In our team some changes had 
been made since the match with the Medicals i 
Balderson playing back in place of Carruthers, and 
Macallum replacing McEachern among the for- 
wards. When the men took their places at the 
call of play, none could fail to notice that the Knox 
men would weigh on the average a half more than 
ours, but the swiftness of our players made up fo r 
this disadvantage. Thursday was a fearful day for 
football, the mercury being near zero, and a very 
strong wind blowing. The flags had been placed 
so that neither side should have an unfair advan- 
tage, but in such weather it was only by the most 
careful playing that the ball could endanger the 
goal. The teams recognized this, and played a 
most spirited game; charge followed charge at 
either end, and Richardson frequently gave the 
Knox goal-keeper all he wished to do. Hepburn, 
Macdonald and Robertson assaulted the College 
fortress. Once a splendid kick by Hepburn almost 
lowered the College colors, but the adroitness of 
Lee, in goal, saved them, by his knocking the ball 
over the tape. So narrow was the escape that the 
shout of victory was raised by the Knox men, but 
it was soon hushed; and the University pressing 
hard upon their opponents' goal forced them to 
kick behind their line. The kick from the corner 
was unsuccessful however, and the ball passed up 
field to give the Knox men a similar kick. This 
attack was alike unsuccessful, and so with repulses 
and attacks half the time was taken up. 

On resuming play, both sides showed renewed 
puipose, but the University seemed t® be getting 
the better of their opponents. The ball was con- 
tinually in the neighborhood of the Knox goal, 
which Lee and Macallum repeatedly endangered. 
The Knox men again passed behind their goal line, 
but the kick from corner was met by Hepburn in a 
splendid manner, and the Knox forwards breaking 
away carried the ball down field, where a kick was 
made on the 'Varsity goal for the first time after 
resuming play. It was, however, unsuccessful. 
The setting in of a severe snow storm soon put an 
end to play, and it was agreed to continue the 
game next day- 

Yesterday, accordingly, the teams met agains 
Richardson of the College team having been dis- 
abled on Thursday, Mackay took his place. The 
Knox team had two new men. The game was but 
a repetition of Thursday's, the only difference being 
that the ground was in such a slippery condition 
no accuracy in play could be made. Both goals 
were continually in danger, and the result of the 
game proves the foolishness of playing on such 
slippery ground. Robertson received the ball from 
one of the Knox men, and carried it down toward 
goal, Broadfoot, never known to lose a ball on 
good ground, missed his kick and Robertson took 
the chance to put the ball through by a well-direct- 
ed kick. The University gathered themselves up, 
and on kicking off again the ball was carried to the 
Knox fortress, where a most unusual chance to 
kick a goal was missed. For the remaining time 
the ball was kept about the Knox goal, but the 
constant kicking into touch so ran away with the 
the few minutes to spare that when 'time' was 
called no further goal was scored. Our team, as 
a whole, played well, and though unfortunately 
they lost the match, and are thus excluded from 
further competition for the cup, too great praise 
cannot be given them for the excellent account 
they gave of themselves. An effort will be made 
to have the trophy, which was to become the pro- 
perty of the winning team at the Cobourg tourna- 
ment, contested for here, when it is to be hoped 
the two clubs may meet again. 

There are some features of the play of their team 
which, however, ours can profitably imitate. The 
•break-away' and 'charge' of their forwards is 
superior, and if our men would kick and not dribble 
so much near goal they would do better. The 
ball in these matches was at their goal more than 
half the time, but no goal was scored, and it was 
noticed that the only balls the goal-keeper needed 
to put his hands to were those kicked from some 
distance out in the field. 


The committee appointed to obtain subscribers 
to the proposed gymnasium have made substantial 
progress ; but as they wish to get the largest possible 
number, they announce the terms upon which they 
ask subscriptions. It is expected the College Coun- 
cil will assist the students, and the measure of their 
assistance, will no doubt, be directly determined by 
the interest the undergraduates take in the pro- 
posal. The only means of judging of this interest, 
which the Council can have, will be the petition to 
it signed by those who subscribe. Hence it is im- 
portant, that every undergraduate, who ivonld give 
a dollar to see the gymnasium in good running 
order on hi^ return to lectures after Christmas, 
should give his name to a member of the Committee 
named in last issue. Names to be handed in next 
week at the latest. 

At King's College, Nova Scotia, a graduate is 
expected to plant a tree in the college grounds in 
commemoration of taking his degree. The Record, 
says that several of these ' degree trees ' have grown 
to stately elms. If we wanted to observe that cus- 
tom here, it would first be necessary to petition 
the Government to give us a township and then 
move it down to the rear of the college. 


Brave Bill was a boy of wonderful skill 
And remarkable fun-making power ; 

Of anecdotes fine a great stock had he 
To wile away many an hour. 

After the regular Easter exams, 

When all nature rejoictd in her glory, 
And the trees and the flowers, budding softly unseen, 

Seemed longing to hear a good story. 

Our talk, of course, tended to sundry exams, 

And answers returned by wise pupils, 
Whose wit might be measured, indeed, by the yard, 

But whose brains were balanced by scruples. 

Tom Jones, festive youth, had an ambitious mind. 

And longed for a learned profession, 
But the utmost efforts of a stout pedagogue 

Could not make the slightest impression. 

How'eer, Tom went up for his Medic, exam. 

Foi entrance to Her Majesty's navy, — 
His knowledge on physiological facts 

Was what might be termed somewhat hazy. 

Tom trembled to face the examiner stern, 

And indeed he had very good reason, 
His ideas, like pemican, made without salt, 

Required a good deal of season. 

' Now tell me what's the first thing you would do, 
It a man were blown up through the deck ?' 

Tot,, thought for a time. ' Why, the first thing I'd do 
Would be wait until he'd come back.' 

The examiner passed him with honors, and now 

His geography had to be tested, [youth, — 

' Where's Toulon?' was the first question asked of the 
His attention some time it invested. 

Toir. answered all right, but spelt it Toulonn, 

And of course it offended the master, 
' There's only one ' hen ' in Toulon, iny fine youth, 

By the head of the wise Zoroaster. 

Tom peered at the cockney with innocent look, 

Who wondered at being gazed on, 
' By Jove,' says Tom Jones, with twinkling eye, 

' How dear eggs must be in Toulon !' 

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Ecce canit fonnas alius jactusque pilarum. 

High was the wind, ami cold on the day that we played with 

tli- Knoxmen, 
Played the well-fought tie on the wide-spreading grounds of 

tin: Uuiver ; 
Snow, too, lay on the held, which made it easy of slipping 
And with a crash to the earth brought full many players on 

both sides. 
Strong are the 'Varsity men and well-skilled players of foot- 
Able to raise the ball o'er the car of Phcebus Apollo, 
Not so strong are the Knoxmen, but playing bettei together — 
Charge on the goal like yelling Zulus going to battle. 
These are the names of the Varsity team that played for tin 

Cup that is ottered yearly by the Association : 
First on the list is McDougall, the captain ot our eleven, 
Keen of eye is he, a goal-keeper lacking an equal, 
Swinging a skillful toot, and butts like a ram in the spring 

Long-legged Knoxmen spilling mid shouts of ear-splitting 

Next to him comes I.aidlaw. Sec. In the cloJ 
Causer of many scars to the shins of unhappy players, 
After him is Broadibot, man with appropriate surname 
Though short in the legs he never misses the football. 
Haig will 1 mention now, a half-back and excellent player. 
Swift as the wind is he, out-speeding the flight of the roe- 
When he Hies tor his life to escape the chase ot the hunter. 
McKay, too, played for the Univer, taking the place ot an 

Greatly he frightens opponents as being a player of Rugby, 
Who tear tor their delicate limbs and shun the heroes "t 

Veterans, they, every one, those shin-bruising lovers of loot- 
Milligan, slight ot Form, by no means playing a bad game, 
Works tor the 'Varsity well, and never tunks nor is winded, 
Nor must I here omit to mention the name of McCallum, 
II you do not wish to be spilt, charge him not, he sure to re- 
Next on the list are Carruthers, tall, and broad in the shoul- 
ders,, the winner of races, and Elliot, skillful at passing. 
Ami though last on the list, not least, is Neil McEachren, 
For know well that 1 give the names not in order of merit, 
lint as each suits best the How ot the Homeric rythni. 
Such is the great ami glorious team that played with the 

Played tor the silver cup and losf, lor quick-] unning Broad- 
Slipped on the snow as he raised his foot to deliver 
c Ine of his well-aimed kicks, Inn missing came down on Ins 

. . . . elbow; 
Vint lie hall at once passed through the goal ol the Univer; 
Then there arose a -hout from all ot tin* Knoxites, 
Shout thai reached to Phcebus above the mil oi his car- 
As he drove his tired steeds to their crimson stalls in the 

Many a day shall flee befon this match he forgotten, 

Many a class shall pass through the halls of men-rearing 

U nivcr, 
Ere tin- memorj t.i.l. ol tin ti.atch we played with the 

Who great i > boast, and forget thai pretty Mis.. Fortune is 

fickle. I li 

The prizes won ai therecent company rifle match 
have In en received anil will tie < 1 i tributed in a few 
days, Color-Sergt. McDougall gets the horse. 

Mi;. VVm ALEXANDER, an old Hamilton boy, who 
tool, the Gilchrist scholarship some yeai i ,". and 
graduated at the University ol l^ondon, has entew;d 
iln |i ihns 1 1' ipkins Univi i sit) 1 taltim ire 


Princeton College is at last out of debt. 

Each recitation at Oberlin opens with a short 
devotional exercise. 

Gambetta has been made a doctor of philosophy 

by the LIniversity of Athens. 

One of Bowdoin's professors has held his posi- 
tion in that institution for fifty-five years. 

Twenty-two young women have applied for ad- 
mission to the Woman's College, Harvard. 

'rill-: number of students in American colleges in 
1856 was 8,438. Now about 30,000 ate in attend- 

Wm. H. Vandermlt has given $100,000 to 
Vanderbilt University for a scientific hall and a 

Prof. Von Holst, of Freiberg, Germany, the 
author of the History of the United States, has 
been elected to the chair of History at Johns 

The Yale medical course has been extended from 

two to three years. The school of fine arts has 
estabished a pratical course in architecture under 
a special instructor. 

Johns Hopkins Universitv Ins ihns fir hid 
seventy applications fur admission : — two being 
from Canada and two from Japan. Of the 113 
students of last year, a large number have returned. 

At the recent Oxford examination, 2,163 candi- 
dates were examined, 751 of this number being 
seniors. 240 of them passed ; among them being 
220. girls. Of the 1,412 juniors, 859 were success- 
ful, 21 1 being girls. 

The collection of books in modern Greek, which 
has had the special care of the late 1 'resident Fel- 
ton and Professor Sophocles, has recently been re- 
arranged for use in the library. It is by tar the 
best collection of modern Greek works in America. 

The number of honorary doctorates that arc 
annualh issued by the 'four hundred American 
colleges and universities' is about three hundred 
I ists for 1 879 comprise 164 names that have been 
ornamented In' 57 diffrent colleges 78 of them 
with D. D., 57 witli LL. D„ ami 2g with Ph. D. 

In 1800, when Bowdoin dllege was organized, 
there win- eight students. One buildingjwas used 
as recitation room, dormitory, chapel ami presi- 
dential manison, the president being in the habit 
of warning the students of chapel time by rapping 
on the stairs with his cane. 

The American college papers ate busy discu 
ing the presidents' reports oftheii various seats of 
Learning. Ii seems the practice there is for the 
president to draw up an annual reporl in .vhii h he 
furnishes statistics exhibiting the pi.^nss of his 
college, suggests improvements, and discu ses her 
wants, ami the lust mi in 1 ol supplj ing them. 

Of the thirty-five seniors al Williams College, 
twenty-fi >ui are Free Traders, seven are Protection 

ists, cue is a disciple oi Ruskin and one of Ma I thus 
In politics, twenty l< 'in air Kepublii ans foui 
Democrats, foui Independents, one is mi 1 In- I, -nee, 
and me' rises high and dry above all partie: I wo 
.11 ,- ti 1 bei ome law mis, h\ e phj sii ians, nine m ni 1 
ters, and four teachers; four are to be business men, 
one isto bea journali t, and nine arc '.nil iindei ided. 



For the first time since The White and Blue 
was started we now make a short reference to our- 
selves. The paper was sent out without any pre- 
tensions whatever — we determined to make a 
small beginning and leave it to time, to our own 
endeavors, and to the support of graduates and 
undergraduates for better things. And here we 
might just say that a good college paper is not 
made m a day. It is some time before students, 
who have been unused to a college paper, get in 
the way of writing for such a journal, and it also 
take.- time tor a good exchange list to be formed. 
Neither are advertisers nor subscribers got in a 
day. But satisfactory progress has been made in 
all ihese directions, and we have received words of 
encouragement from quite a number of sources. 

We want to make The White and Blue a 
medium for the opinions of graduates and under- 
graduates of the University of Toronto, and to this 
end our columns will always be open to the views of 
students or alumni Let our students, then, do 
whatever is in their power to make The White 
and Blue a paper worthy of the College and the 
University. Let them send us plenty of matter — 
it is only by having abundance of material that the 
editors are enabled to make a selection. The size 
of the constituency from which the 'copy' is 
drawn will assuredly have a great deal to do with 
the merit of the publication. 

Our exchange list is beginning to take shape, 
and it is our intention to place the papers so re- 
1 on the fyles of the reading room. A perusal 
ol the college journals is often suggestive of ideas 
that could be worked up into readable paragraphs 
or ai tii li 3 

As to subscribers: we want every student who 
can afford the dollar — and who of us cannot — who 
has not already subscribed to come forward and 
do so. 

We have not been able to publish at the time 
promised, but this is a defect we hope will not 
occur during the faster term. The Committee ot 
Management is now about complete, and we hope 
on resuming publication after the Christmas holi- 
days to keep faith with our subscribers as regards 
llu- date of publication, and to make the paper 
mi ire worthy of their support. 

oner to lav the result el my investigations before 


The University of Toronto otters annually in the 
five departments of tin- arts faculty 34 scholarships, 
amounting in all to $3,805, besides live gold and 
five silver medals, and ten prizes in books of the 
value of #to each. The scholarships are distributed 
among the departments as follows : 


Jim. Matric $120 

Sen. " 120 

1st year 230 

2nd " 250 

3 rti " 25° 








2 3" 

I ex 1 


1 20 

I 20 

I 20 





Medals .... 
Book Prizes 

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tal and Moral Science and Civil Polity gets its due. 
In whatever it may be lacking as regards other 
matters, there is plenty of work laid down in the 
currriculum for all who enter it Page for page. 
there is probably two pages in department live for 
one in any other, and as for getting it up, 1 verily 
believe that there is mote brain work in ten lines 
of Metaphysics than fifty of Classics. 

But I will not ask the attention of the gentle 
reader further. By this time he will have been 
overwhelmned by the facts I have presented. But 
I do not ask his sympathy in order that any of the 
other departments may be reduced, and depart- 
ment live get the benefit ol that reduction ; rather 
let there be a levelling up in the way of additions 
to my department of entirely new elements. 


I have not taken into consideration in this table 
the scholarships allowed for general proficiency. 


University College offers 48 prizes in books, each 
varying from $5 to ftio in value, and the Macdonald 
bursary (for general proficiency). They are distri- 
buted thus : 


.... % 65 



.... 85 






Natural Sciences 11 

Mental and Moral Science, 
Civil Polity and Logic. ... 4 



Ihe gentle reader must not expect from my 
heading an article on tariffs and national policies. 
Tin' unjust discrimination to which I would draw 
his attention concerns the University of Toronto, 
ami University College, and more .especially that 
department of these two institutions known as 
Mental and Moral Science, Civil Polity and Logic. 
Perhaps it is best to at once take the gentle reader 
into my confidence and tell him that I am an 
undergraduate in this department, and, that the 
other evening being in a mood somewhat statistical 
somewhat pensive, 1 went through various docu- 
ments connected with the College and the Univer- 
sity, and made the discovery of what I claim to be a 
huge injustice as against ihe department in which I 
have cast my lot. But I do not ask the gentle 
reader to take my mere statement I proceed at 


I find that the professors of University College 

are apportioned thus 

Classics 2 

Mathematics 2 

Moderns 4 

Natural Sciences 5 

Mental and Moral Science, Civil Polityand Logic 1 


Then as to the disposition of the buildings: 
Classics has the two best rooms in the college: 
Mathematics one lecture room and two or three 
rooms tor apparatus; Moderns, four lecture rooms 
and museum accommodation ; Naturals, the School 
of Science and one-half of the upper portion of the 
college building: Mental and Moral Science, Civil 
Polity and Logic, om y small room wherein students 
are literally packed. 

Next, as to assistants, the professor of Mathe- 
matics has a man to look after hi* instruments, 
and the professors of the Natural Sciences foul 
such assistants. 


The popularity of the several departments may 
be ascertained from the following figures taken 
from the honor class list of the University for 1879, 
the second, third and fourth years only being used, 
and no notice being taken of pass men : 


We were glad to see so much interest taken on 
Friday night in the matter of a college song. Uni- 
versity College seems to be alone among the col- 
leges in having no song of its own, and it is to be 
hoped that before long some undergraduate will 
give us one, which will be in some way character- 
istic of the college, and in which all students may 
unite in adopting. At the last competition two 
were handed in, but no prize was awarded. The 
better of these was the one signed ' Argo,' and it 
was as follow s 

Tolle nunc ' Io Triumphe,' 
Strenue clamorem fac . 
Libns et scholis relictis, 

Magna voce clamor sit. 

Semper sit pax hac in terra; 

1 I ic doctl ma floirat 

Mars sin cornu raucum sonet, 

Ni is t tiemiis in hostem. 

Esse servus quis tarn turpis? 

Cara nobis libertas. 

Terram transmarin' amamus, 

Can aden sem ma\ime. 

Alma Mater tu in saecla 
Aeris monumeutum stes 

Sol ettulgens stes ilalui us 

Lucem forti populo. 

Focos semper tuearrrui . 
Siinus nostris fideles, 

Sit niina, caelum rual 
Choles suuius memoirs 

Tolle nunc ' Io Triumphe ' 
Strenue clamorem fac 
Libris et scholis relictis, 
Magna voce clamoi sit 






2nd year. . 

•■ L5 




3rd " .. 






4th " .. 










For the present year the figures are still more 
pronounced as to the popularity of the latter de- 


I fere is the place where the department of Men- 

' Some thoughts about somethings' is the head 
ing of an article in The Portfolio (Wesleyan Fe- 
male College, Hamilton) After the heading conies 
the opening, thus: 'On looking from the window 
this autumn day, we are struck by the general ap- 
pearance of desolation and decay.' Now, it our 
rei ollection of the 'ambitious city' is correct, the 
window referred to either looks out on King street, 
or if toward the rear, on the blank wall ol a flour- 
ing mill. Does the fair waiter of the article wish 
to insinuate that the X. P. is a failure, and that 
Hamilton is going to the dogs, or that the Mor- 
gans are not grinding as much wheat as in past 
ve.ns - 



The building of tlu- Society is still without a 

The Conversazione will be held on Friday, 
February 6. 

Mr. Fred. W. Jarvis has won a bursary of /20 
per annum for three years since going to EdittburgJ 

The energy shown by the College Council during 
the past year in taking care of the grounds has been 
officially recognised by the trees, for several of them 
have already put forth their buds. Hut perhaps 
the weather had something to do with it. 

A meeting was held on Thursday afternoon for 
the purpose of forming a Glee Club. There was 
quite a number of students present. The following 
officers were elected: President, \Y. A. Shortt; 
Secretary-Treasurer. VV. Laidlaw; Committee, YV. 
T. Herridge, W. S. Miner, D. J. G. Wishart, W. 
Wright. An instructoi is to be engaged and practice 
commenced immediately on the opening of the 
Faster term. Those wishing to join the Club 
should hand in their names at once. 

Owing to the length of time taken up at the 
meeting on Friday night in questions of business, 
the literary part of the proceedings were dispensed 
with. The debate is accordingly adjourned till the 
next private meeting of the Society, when the same 
speakers will take part in it. However, there is 
some t-i Ik of having the subject chosen thrown out 
as being political. The question is: Is Protection 
for the benefit of young countries. We fail to see 
how Canadian politics must necessarily enter the 


I have no objection to giving ' Lucius' an ex_ 
planation of my meaning whenl state that, because 
the Blake Scholarship is evidently doomed under 
the present arrangement to become a prize for 
competition amongst pass men, the noble object of 
its founder is certain to be to a great extent defeated. 
Perhaps if you had said ' pass men only' my posi- 
tion would have been better understood, for that is 
what I meant. Surely 'Lucius' will not say that 

'. when a man founds a scholarship for the encourage- 
ment of a certain branch of learning m a univer- 
sity his object will not be to a great extent defeated, 
if, by force of circumstances, a considerable propor- 
tion of the undergraduates — and these not the least 
intelligentor capable are practically debarred from 

1 the competition, The number of honor men in the 
third year is always a large precentage of the whole 
class, and if they must choose between working 
for honors in some other department, with a view- 
to graduation and competing for the Blake scholar- 
ship, with the prospect of taking out a pass degree 
as thej result, what need of argument to show that 
in some way the object of Mr. Blake has been 
defeated ? That is all I am now contending for ; 
the remedy for this state of affairs I have already 
shown to be the creation of a new graduating de- 
partment, a change that is extremely desirable on 
far higher grounds than this. M. A. 


The Society met on Friday evening last, the vice- 
president, W. T. Herridge, being in the chair. Mr. 
A. Wissler was declared a member of the Society. 
Mr. James Ballantyne nominated Mons. Emile 
Fernet as an honorary member of the Society. 

A recommendation was brought in from the 
General Committee by the secretary, A. E. O'Meara, 
recommending that this Society hold its next pub- 
lic meeting on Friday, January 16th, t88o, audits 
annual conversazione on Friday, February 6th, 
1 8S0. This report was passed. 

Another report was brought in by Mr. Brennan, 
on behalt of the House Committee, recommending 
that the Society's building be known in future as 
'Crooks Hall.' Amendments were made to this 
report; one by Mr. Tyrrell, suggesting that it lie 
called ' Moss Hall, and one by Mr. IVIilner, recom- 
mending the name of The Society Buildings.' 
Both these amendments and the original motion | 
were lost. Afterwards, under new business, Mr 
Acheson moved that this building be known as 
' McCatil House.' Other names suggested were 
' McGaul Building and the 'McCaul Institute.' 
These names were also rejected. 

Mr. F. W. i). Hill aslvd for the opinion of the ' 
chair concerning Mr. E. P. Davis' election last' 
Friday evening, and moved, seconded by Mr.! 
Ponton, that this election be declared void. Con- j 
siderable discussion arose on this motion, which 
was ultimately lost 

Election for readers, speakers, etc., at public 
debates, resulted as follows: Essayist, Mr. J. M. 
Lydgate; reader, Mr. H P. P. Hamilton; de- 
baters, 1). McColl, B V , T. G. Blackstock. B.A., 
A l ' Courtier: and R. V Thomson. 


St. Peter's College, also called Peter House, 
the most ancient college in the University of Cam. 
bridge, was founded in the year 1257, by Hugh de 
Balsham, Bishop of Ely. Its charter, which was 
granted in 1284, was revised by Her Majesty in 

Clare College, which was first known as Univer- 
sity Hall, was founded in 1326. The buildings 
having been destroyed by fire, they were rebuilt 
in 1347 by the Lady Elizabeth de Burgh, sister oi 
Gilbert, Earl of Clare. This lady also endowed 
the college and named it in honor of her brother. 
Clare College is mentioned by Chaucer as Solere 

Pembroke College was founded in 1347, by 
Marie de St. Paul, Countess of Pembroke, in 
memory of her husband, Aymer de Valence, who 
was slain in a tilting match upon their wedding 
day. It was originally known as Marie- Valence 
Hall, but afterwards received its present name. 

Caius College, also called Gonville and ("am-, 
College, was first founded as Gonville Hall by 
Edmund Gonville in 1348. In 1350 it received 
from William Bateman, Bishop of Norwich, the 
name of the 'House of the Annunciation of the 
Virgin Mary.' In 1557 it received a new charter 
from Dr. John Caius, under the seal of Queen 
Mary, and it. has since been called by his name. 

Trinity Hall was founded 111 1530 by William 
Bateman, Bishop of Norwich, with the special 
intention of instructing young men 111 canon and 
civil law 

Corpus Christi College was founded in 1352 by 
the united guilds of Corpus Christi and the Virgin 
Mary; as one of the guilds worshipped in .St. 
Benedict's Church, Cambridge, this college is 
sometimes called Benedict College. 

King's College was founded in the year 1441, by- 
King Henry VI. The chapel, which is one of the 
most beautiful in the world, was commenced in 
1447 and completed in 1544 

Queen's College was first founded as the College 
of St. Bernard, by a charter from Henry VI., in 
1440. A se< oiid charter was granted in 1447, which 
was revoked by a third in 1448, which gave license 
to Queen Margaret to found the Queen's College 
of St. Margaret and St. Bernard. Queen Eliza- 
beth further endowed this college in 1465. 

St. Catharine's College, also called St. Cathar- 
ine's Hall, was founded in 1473, by Dr. Woodlarke. 
at that time Chancellor of the University of 

Jesus College was founded in 1496 by John Al- 
co"k, Bishop of Ely, under license irom Henry VII, 
The building of the suppressed nunnery of St. 
Radegonde (which had been founded by Malcolm 
IV. of Scotland), were granted for this purpose. 

Christ's College, which was originally called 
God's House, was founded in 1439, by Bingham. 
In 1446 it was endowed by Henry VI. , and called 
Henry the Sixth's College. In 1505, Margaret, 
Countess of Richmond and Derby, under license 
from her son, Henry VII., re-established it under 
the name of Christ's College. 

St. John's College was founded on the site of the 
hospital of St. John the Evangelist, in accordance 
with instructions in the will of Margaret, Countess 
of Richmond and Derby, who died in 1509. 

The College of St. Mary Magdalene,- common lv 
called Magdalene College, was founded by Thomas, 
Lord Audley, in 1542, on the site of Buckingham 
House, the residence of the Duke of Buckingham, 
who was executed for high treason in 1521. 

Trinity College was founded by King Henry 
VIII. in 1546, out of the revenues of several small- 
er institutions, the principal of which were Michael 
House and King's Hall. Both Queen Mary and 
Queen Elizabeth contributed largely to the en- 

Emmanuel College was founded in the year 

Sidney Sussex College was founded in 1588, ac- 
cording to instructions in the will of Frances Sid- 
ney, Countess of Sussex. New statutes were 
granted by Queen Victoria in r86r. 

Downing College was founded in 1800. By the 
will of Sir E. Downing, dated 1717, instructions 
were given that on the failure of his heirs, his 
estates were to be appropriated to an endowment 
of a college in the University of ('am I a idge 

It is understood that gongs, sounded simultane- 
ously by electricity at the expiration of each lec- 
ture hour, are to be placed in every I'' ture and 
recitation room 111 tin- New York School of Mines, 
and the new college building, for the purpose oi 
securing uniformity, 111 the commencement and 
conclusion of lectures. 




We take the following account of the match 
playi d at Detroit, between University College Foot- 
ball club (Rugby) and the club of the University 
of .Michigan, from the Chronicle. 

The hist day of tins month the g a. m., Kalama- 
zoo accomodiation, pulled out from our station 
with four cars cozily filled with students bound for 
Detroit to see the match at foot-ball between the 
I irorito eleven and our own team. The day was 
i leaf and bright, though a little cold, which seemed 
ir the blood of the boys, causing them to open 
their-iriouths and pour forth their joy, like tuneful 
'owl-eagles.' All the college songs were sung and 
re ung, so that when the train reached Detroit 
it was a very husky lot of boys that formed a line 
and marched up to the Free Press office. At the 
Free Press office three rousing cheers and a Uni- 
versity tiger were given to show that the boys can 
appreciate a friendly act, even though that act be 
only what justice or even common decency de- 
mands. The headquarters for the team were at 
the Brunswick House, and there the Toronto boys 
were found, to the number of about twenty. Ever- 
body was, of course, glad to see everybody, and the 
morning was passed in getting acquainted. And 
just here we may say that a pleasanter, more gen- 
tlemanly lot of fellows no one need ever wish to 
meet. than these same representatives of ' Canuck- 
dom.' After a good dinner the teams donned their 
suits and were driven out to Kecreation Park, 
where everything was in readiness for the game. 
The grounds could hardly have been bettered, 
short, firm turf, level as a floor, and not a stick or 
stone to turn the ankle. Toronto took the wind, 
giving our boys the kick-off, and from the time I)e- 
Tarr sent the ball flying toward their goal to the 
close of the game our team had the advantage, ex- 
cepl once or twice, and then only for a few moments. 
Why this was, it is hard to say, for Toronto played 
a strong game, and in almost every individual point 
seemed to excel; Gwynne and Woodruff can 
hardly be equalled by us in running and dodging; 
it was all Chase could do to take care of the big- 
boned Macdougal in the scrimmages; while, 
when tackled, they have a sly way of pass- 
ing the ball to a player behind them. They do but hand it back, and in close play, 
owing to their familiarity with the Association game. 
the) an quicker with their feet and work the ball 
ahead better. Some, too, noticeably Hi lmeken, 
arc tremendous kicks. Of our boys, DePuy made 
the prettiest run of the game, though a claim of a 
foul, not his fault, lost it to him; Barmour, as 
usual did some neat dodging, while all the boys 
played with that bull-dog pluck and real grit which 
distinguishes them. This is seemingly the great 
reason of their success, that they never give up, and 
('apt. DeTarr has such perfect control of them and 
of himself that they never lose their head. They 
his slighest hint, ami this is a great aid to 
victory. It was a particularly close and exciting 
Line, and as the ball was carried backward and 
forward, some Toronto man being tackled and 
brought to the ground after a long run, our boys 
then taking the ball ami forcing it back to then- 
goal, the lookers on attested their interest by 
shouts and \clls that would have graced a lot of 
Indians. The excitement was especially intense 
when during the last few minutes of the «aine the 
ball was kept within a tew- feet of the Toronto line 
our boys trying to force it through or get a drop, 
foi goal; then the crowd seemed determined to 
i i i apart in the play. But no goal was made, 
and when time was called it went up in a long 
hearty cheer for Toronto and Ann Arbor. < lur 
. - med satisfied not to have lost, as well they 
. considering their youth in Rugby and the high 
landing of Toronto among Candian teams. Then, 
too, they hardl) played theii game, the) did not 
make' any of their famous kicks that might several 
. have given them a goal, and they did not run 
'II as usual. At tin depot on theii return, 

they were welcomed by the Ann Arbor band and 
conducted to the court-house square. This was a 
most kindl) act of courtesy, which was duly appre- 
ciated by all the team and their fellow students. 
Thanks were tendered b\ Captain De Tarr in behalf 
of those thus honored, and then all departed bed- 
ward well pleased with the events of the day. 


The College Argus, from Wesleyan University, 
(Middleton, Conn.,) is a well edited sheet. The 
editor in the last number, however, resorted to a 
very ancient editorial trick. The Acta Colum- 
biana contained an article on 'The Jersey 
Girl ' which to the Wesleyan editor was de 
cidedly below the standard'- that is, it was 
rather spicy, and so he set about finding a way by 
which he could copy it without incurring odium. 
He gave the Acta praise for its generally good 
reading matter; but there was one piece that was 
'decidedly below the standard,' and that his 
readers might confirm him in his opinion he printed 
a long extract of the article in question — of course 
selecting the spiciest paragraphs. He wound up 
thus: ' Such writing is not worthy of the Acta.' 

We gallantly place on our exchange list The 
Portfolio, a monthly issued by the students of 
Wesleyan Female College, Hamilton. This is the 
second year of publication. The Portfolio has a 
financial editor on its staff, but we see no financial 
article in the number before us. But perhaps 
•financial editor' means 'business manageress ' 
among the voting women of the W. F. C. 


Prof. Wright, on the occasion of his visit to 
Europe last summer, ordered from Naples a large 
collection of specimens illustrative of the Inverte- 
brate Fauna of the Mediterranean. The cases 
containing these- have arrived, and the professor | 
and his students are unpacking and arranging ! 
them in the muss um. The specimens are all in a 
good state of preservation, even the extremely I 
delicate Jelly-fishes and Ascidians retaining their 
natural tints. The principal orders and families 
of the Invertebrata are well represented, especially j 
the Crustacea and the Tnnicata. A gigantic 
Squid is confined in a bottle which, though the 
largest to be had. is much too small to display the 
monster to advantage 

The students in Natural Science will hud these 
acquisitions to the museum a valuable help in 
familiarizing themselves with the different forms 
of animal life ; and the) will, even if regarded as 
mere curiosities, well repay an examination by all 


The fifth regular meeting of the Literary and 
Debating Society of the School was held on Thurs- 
dav evening, H. W. Aikins, B.A., the president, m 
the chair, 

After a good deal of general business regarding 
the constitution, honorary members, public meet- 
ings, etc., the programme of the evening was 
gone through with. The first was an essay by 
P. H. Bryce, M.A., which was well received. Mr. 
G. H. Milne gave a reading from Byron. 

An interesting debate then followed, on the sub- 
ject, 'Does the present curriculum of Toronto 
University advance the best interests of medical 
education in connection with Toronto School of 
Medicine and the University?' The affirmative 
was sustained by Messrs. J. H. Duncan and W. 
F. Edmonson, and the negative by Messrs. J. Fer- 
guson and H. Watt. The president ably summed 
up the arguments, after which he decided in favor 
of the affirmative. 

The two schools medical propose withdrawing 
from the Football Association as separate teams 
and then re-entering asone to be called the 'Medical 
Team.' F. 

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In the last number of I'm; White and Blue 
an article appeared suggesting to the Society and 
students the propriety of again reviving the con- 
versazione. The advantages of such an entertain- 
ment are neither few nor unimportant. Many 
might be alluded to which the article in last week s 
issue does not discuss: but they need no discus- 
sion, as they are patent to all. The great fact to 
be regretted is that our conversazione ever ceased : 
and surely every student should feel it to be his 
duty to use his efforts to again start one of the 
leading features of college and society work into 
renewed existence All must admit, with the pre- 
vious writer, that this entertainment does much to 
firing the students and their work prominentl) 
and favorably before the citizens of Toronto. The 
Society may see lit to alter or increase the sugges 
lions formerly made with regard to numbers ad- 
mitted, bat on the whole they cover the ground. 
One more remark. It is not those who take most 
interest in the Society that stand lowest on the 
class list, but often the reverse; for the esprit oi 
the Society an I its public meetings as well as 
conversazione — is to impart a tone of life and 
energy to their other ■ Delta 


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Why be ashamed all the grief we feel to show ? 
Why check our tears when the one that we love lies low? 
Sad use. whom God gave a harp and a voice as clear. 
Do thou lead off in the dirge o'er the dead man's bier. 

So then Quintilian is wrapt in his endless sleep ! 

O! stainless Faith, thou sister of Justice, weep, 

Weep Candour and Truth, till your eyes with your tears 

[are blind, 
For where shall you such a man as his equal hud ? 

But now he's dead, and the tears of all good men flow, 
Though none, my Virgil, like you can have felt tho blow ; 
Him, now you find that your piety's all in vain, 
Not trusted thus from the gods, you demand again. 

'Tis vain. Though your voice were as sweet and as grea' 

[your skill 
A^ his, whom to hear e'en the woods would their rustling 

The life would never return to the lifeless shade 
On whom his wand cruel Mercury once has laid, 

Or lead mid the shadowy throng to the silent tomb. 
Nor prayers, nor tears will avail to avert his doom. 
Hard, hud it is, but your lot, since it can't be cured, 
With patience bear, it will thus be the best endun d. 


J. E, Dickson B. A. '79 and Mr. W. A. J. Martin 
of the second year have been appointed head 
master and mathematical master of the Newmarket 

high school. 


There was no meeting of the Society last night. 

Perhaps one of the reasons why the authorites 
do not put gas in the building, is that they are wait- 
ing to see whether the electric light is a success or 

We now can see the reason why some of our 
residence men are given to visiting Whitby Female 
College. There is a class of practical cookery 

Prof. Young began a course of lectures on logic 
to the law students of this city, last Tuesday even 
ing, at Osgoode Hall. The course promises to be 
well attended. 

A complimentary dinner is to be given to Prof. 
Croft by his old students next Friday evening, at 
the Rossin House. Undergraduates may obtain 
tickets from Messrs. Tyrell, Acheson, J. McDougall, 
and W. F. Maclean. 

'The Campbells arecomin' — we have eight Camp- 
bells.undergraduatesin arts, — almost ei.ough orthe 
Marquis to offer a medal for competition among 
his fellow clansmen. The Camerons muster six, and 
the other tartans are all likewise well represented. 

At the police court the other day, the county- 
crown attorney called one of our undergrads in 
metaphysics to give evidence in the ' headless 
rooster ' case. But it was as chicken-fancier and 
not as a metaphysician that he was called. With- 
out this explanation the science men might think 
they had been slighted. 

Some of us like to speak of the University as 
Alma-Mater. To at least four of our undergradu- 
ates in arts it is this and grandmother as well, see- 
ing that their fathers are also her sons. The 
graduating class of '82 hopes to contain the first 
grandson of the University of Toronto, and of 
marking the end of the first, and of the beginning 
of the second, generation of graduates. 

There was some trouble between the late Stew- 
ard of the College Residence and the Council, the 
former not being willing to step down and out when 
requested to do so. As a result, the new steward 
was not ready to board the residence men on their 
return. The latter find solace in the sung 'Driven 
from Home.' 

Out in the cold world, out in the street, 

Living in bunshops or on those we meet. 

Hut Mr. Brown (the new steward, and who was 

lately in the library) is to begin his (let us hope 

successful) career as college caterer on Monday. 

Two fourth year men, along with two weather 
prophets of the Observatory left on the first of last 
mouth to hunt the ' northern game' back of Hah- 
burton. The party was out fiteen days, got seven 
deer besides small game, and had a good time 
generally. But there seems to be an airof exagger- 
ation about the stories told by the two undergrads 
sine* their return. The metaphysic man says he 
treed, or was treed by a bear (he was not sure which) ; 
while the natural science man harps on a stru ;gle 
he had with a gigantic mite, which suddenly 
attacked him, and which he only subdued by a 
powerful and well-directed blow form the ponder- 
ous geological hammer which he carried in Ins 
l»li And he savs if people dont believe it why 
he'll show them the hammer. 



The list of undergraduates of the University of 
Toronto for 1879 is now out and bound up with the 
examination papers of last year. The undergradu- 
ates number as follows: 

Faculty of law 39; of these 4 matriculated in or 
before 1870, 1 in '71, 3 in '73, 2 in '74, 1 in '75, 2 
in '76, 3 in '77, 11 in '78 and 12 in '79. Of these 
some have dropped the course, but at least 25 of 
them are actively proceeding to the degree of 
L.L. B. 

Faculty of medicine 282; of these 21 matriculated 
in or before 1S70; 5 in '71, 1 in '72, 12 in '73, 3 in 
'74, 9 in '75, 17 in '76, 116 in '77, 57 in '78, 41 in 
'79. At least 200 of these are actively proceeding 
to the degree of M. B. 

Faculty of arts 609; of these 35 matriculated 
before 1870; 24 in '70, 18 in '71, 15 in '72, 20 in 
'73, 12 in '74, 31 in '75, 59 in '76, 88 in '77, 121 in 
'78, 186 in '79. Not taking into account the 23 
girl undergraduates, or any of those who matricu- 
lated before 1875 and who have probably dropped 
the -ourse, there are more than 40O students ac- 
tively proceeding to the degree of B. A. 

These figures show that our University has been 
making wonderful strides within the past few years, 
a fact which is all the more gratifying when the 
increased severity of the curriculum, and the rivalry 
of the sectarian universities are taken into account. 

An undergraduate who stood pretty well in the 
first class of his department in the first year talks 
of going to another university where he says he 
can come out head, while if he remains here he 
will have little chance for either of the medals 
among so many competitors. If his only object is 
a medal we advise him by all means to go where 
he can get the biggest one with the least effort. 
Fut if he has another end in view he certainly for- 
gets two things : (1) That a second class honor 
man in one university may be able to teach a med- 
allist of some other institution ; (2) That there is 
very little difference of ability in the men who take 
first-class honors in this university, though perforce 
medals can be awarded to only two of them. We 
don't know of a case in which one man has been 
preferred to another simply because the first took 
a medal and the other only first-class honors in the 
same department — the great question is, has he an 
honor standing? As this young man probably 
looks at it from a pecuniary stand-point we may 
tell him that lately a second-class honor man of 
Toronto University got a high school at lioooov'er 
a medallist from the university to which our medal- 
hunter thinks of directing his steps, who offered to 
do the work for $800. 


It has been felt for some time past by the under- 
graduates of the honor course in Natural Scieifce 
that a society in the interest of that department, by 
means of which all might be brought together for 
the discussion of scientific subjects, and the read- 
ing of scientific papers, would greatly promote 
interest in their work. In such a society the men 
of the different years would be brought more inti- 

mately together, and could thus render mutual as- 
sistance. At a general meeting held some time 
before the close of the Michelmas term, a com- 
mittee consisting of Messrs. Acheson, McGill, 
Ruttan, Carveth, Langstaff, and Wood was ap- 
pointed to consider the advisability of forming a 
society, and to bring in a report before the Christ- 
mas vacation. The following is the report of the 
committee as adopted at a general meeting : 

School of Practical Science, 

December 12th, 1879. 
To the Natural Science Men of University College. 
Gentlemen : — Your committee beg leave to 
report that in accordance with instructions received 
from you, they have deliberated concerning the 
advisibility of forming an association in connection 
with University College for the promotion of the 
study of the Natural Sciences, and they have unani- 
mously come to the conclusion that such an asso- 
ciation is in every way desirable. It has long been 
felt that the scientific part of the University College 
Literary and Scientific Society is a dead letter, and 
even if scientific subjects were regarded in that 
society as of equal importance with literary ones, 
still it is thought that the attention could not be 
bestowed on them which their importance demands, 
and they could not be dealt with in such a manner 
as would be interesting and instructive to the society 
as a whole, and at the same time satisfactory to the 
Natural Science men. It has therefore been con- 
sidered advisable to establish an association which 
shall occupy itself entirely with the subjects of the 
Natural Sciences, and so supplement the work done 
by the Literary Society. In this way an impetus 
will be given to the study of Natural Science in 
our college, personal investigation will be encour- 
aged, mutual assistance will be given, and a medium 
will be furnished in a humble way through which 
individual thought may become the common pro- 
perty ot all. 

Some of the ways in which this might be accomp- 
lished are indicated in the following suggestions: 
Papers might be read embodying the results of 
original research. The field is wide enough to give 
every one an opportunity to do something in this 
respect. Empirical knowledge is not yet limited, 
and generalization is in many ways still crude. 
The researches of eminent men might be made 
known in lectures or papers, which, if left to every 
one to find out for himself, would be known only 
by a few who were fortunate enough to have access 
to the literature of the subject. 

Critical readings might be given from scientific 
authors, and the leading scientific problems of the 
day might be discussed, and mutual assistance 
might be rendered by the members in the work 
prescribed in the university curriculum. If any 
one meets with a difficulty in the course of his 
reading or practical work, he might lay this before 
the members of the association, and invite discus- 
sion on it, or he might tell his difficulty to the 
general committee, who might appoint one of the 
members to get all the information he could on the 
subject, and make it known to the whole associa- 
tion. In this way much valuable time and labor i 
would be saved the individual members, and they 
would gain a more general and thorough knowledge 
of their work. 

By a judicious selection also of scientific periodi- 
cals and magazines much aid would be given, ami 
reading would be furnished of a more interesting 
nature than text books. In view of these considera- 
tions, and as a means for the accomplishment of 
these ends, your committee beg leave to recom- 
mend : — 

1. That a Natural Scienfce Association be formed 
in connection with University College. 

2. That it be called 'The University College 
Natural Science Association.' 

3. That it consist of graduates, and under- 
"i iduates in the honor course 111 Natural Science, 

4. That the objects of this Association shall be 
the encouragement of original scientific investiga- 
tion, and mutual assistance in the study of the 
Natural Sciences by discussions, lectures, papers, 
and critical readings from scientific authors, and 
by the supply of such periodicals, magazines, etc., 
as shall be deemed advisable. 

5. That the officers shall constitute the general 
committee, and shall consist of a president, vice- 
president, secretary, treasurer, curator, and a 
representative from each year, eight in all. 

6. That the election of officers shall take place 
yearly by ballot, at the annual meeting, except the 
representative of the second year, who shall be 
elected at the third regular meeting of the following 

7. That the candidates for office shall be nomi- 
nated at the meeting preceding the election. 

8. That only graduates with honors in Natural 
Sciences shall be eligible for the office of president, 
and that the vice-president, and secretary shall be 
chosen from those entering their fourth year, the 
treasurer and curator from those entering their 
third year, and the representatives, one from each 

9. That the Association shall meet once ever}' 
two weeks during the college session. 

10. That the general committee shall have power 
to call a special meeting of the Association at any 
time by giving at least 24 hours notice. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

Geo. Acheson, 

Chairman of Committee. 

After the adoption of this report the following 
were elected as officers of the Association for the 
current year : — President, W. H. Ellis. M, A., 
M.B. ; vice-president, Geo. Acheson ; secretary, 
A. McGill; treasurer, G. H. Carveth; curator. 
R. F. Ruttan; fourth year representative, J. B. 
Tyrrell ; third year representative, T. McKenzir ; 
second year representative, E. F. Langstaff, 

The College Council has been notified of what 
has been done, and their sanction has been obtained. 
The president and professors of the College, and 
the faculty of the School of Practical Science have 
been asked to become patrons of the Association, 
and so far everything appears favorable. Through 
the kindness of the board of trustees of the School 
of Practical Science, a room has been secured in 
that building, in which to hold the meetings of the 

The general committee is engaged in forming a 
constitution and by-laws, which will be laid before 
the first meeting, and which, when adopted, wil 
be printed, and may be obtained from the treasurer. 

The evening of the week on which the meetings 
will beheld has not yet been decided, but due notice 
of it will be given hereafter. 

39 and 41 King Street West, Toronto. 

Dominion Exhibition, Highest Honors, Bronze Medal for 
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O Amos Cottle ! Phoebus ! what a name ! 

— Byron. 

You nick-name God's creatures, you nick-name virtue, 

vice. — Shakespeare. 

A deed without a name. 

Recent circumstances have conspired to render 
the " intellectual secretions " of a writer on this 
topic, extremely acrid. The persistency with which 
the much darned " Pinafore " is flaunted in one's 
face; the consequent rejuvenescence of a certain 
congenital " Bab Ballad" whose hero was called 
Bill "because it was his name :" the appearance 
in a late issue of that rarity, a moral Mail, of a 
cowardly attack on University students by a man 
who lurked behind the ambush of anonymousness 
under the pseudonym of " Paterfamilias ;" the 
ridiculous names that have been lately suggested 
for the Society's new buildings: — the discussion as 
to the origin of " White and Blue ;" and the 
University colors; and the much to be deprecated 
habit of affixing (in this paper already sufficiently 
Americanized in other respects) to the names of 
undergraduates therein mentioned, the ungainly 
caudal appendage of 81, '82, '83, etc., are all 
stimulants to the critic's pen. All are suggestive 
and instructive. Is it not a fair surmise that when 
Southey wrote — 

\n.i last .it all an Admiral came — 
A terrible man with a terrible name., 

that he saw- looming up before that prophetic poet's 
eye " which no calamity could darken." the form of 
the nautical-legal Sir Joseph Porter, 

" One of the few, the immortal names, 
That were not born to die," — no, never ! 

Who would not like to impress the ten command- 
ments upon Paterfamilias, and teach him that 
anonymousness. like to be used asa shield, 
not a dirk. What reader of the White and Blue 
does not wish that its editors had not expressed 
their ignorance of whence its title is derived, ?nd 
who is the guilt) member of the staff who treats 
us to the unreasonable and unseasonable appella- 
tions of '81, '82, 83 ? I pause for three replies. 

While pausing let us dabble a little in literature, 
keeping however within the limits of our text. 
The subject of nonis de plume has been rendered 
interesting to the writer of these presents by his 
recent briei association with a gentleman who was 
intimate with many of the brothers of the quill 
who acquired celebrity under assumed namev 
Perhaps some information gleaned from him may 
not be act! ssible to all, and may throw some light 
on " things not generally known.'' Just as some 
writers begin their works in the antique style, but 
gradually lapse into model 11 forms of expression, so 
some auth iheir literary career under an 

alias, but their individuality seems to become too 
strong for them, and they emerge from their mys- 
teiy. Longfellow, for instance, wrote under the 
lugubious title of "Joshua Coffin." Washington 
Irving gloried euphoniously in " Diedrich Knicker- 
bocker." Tiii chose "Michael Angelo 
Titmarsh," and Ruskin wrote as "A Graduate o( 
Oxford 'llh "Histoncus ' of the Times was 
Vernon Harcourt, "Father Prout" was F. S. 
Mali n, and 1 leorge Sand" was Madame Dudevant 
in social 1 in I, s That Mi Braddon is now Mi-. 

Maxwell is perhaps immaterial, for students never 
read light literature ; but it is one's duty to go 
behind the scenes and discover in " Cuthbert 
Bede '' the Rev. E. Bradley; in " Ouida," Louise 
De la Rame ; in " Hans Breitmann, " C. G.Leland ; 
in "Josh Billings, '' Mr. A. W. Shaw ; in "Max 
Adeler," Mr. C. H. Clark ; in "Mrs. Partington,' 
Mr. B. P. Shillaler; in "Artemus Ward," Mr. C, 
F. Browne, and our maiden undergraduates and 
freshmen will welcome Miss Harriette Parr under, 
the garb of " Holme Lee," and Miss Charlotte 
Tucker will wile away their childhood's hours as 
A. L. O. E. Mr. Clemens would rightly think 
that there were other "Innocents Abroad" than 
freshmen, if we even hinted that any one knew 
not who " Mark Twain " is. Who the Dickens was 
Boz was a frequent conundrum of many years ago 
and no doubt it was an astonishment to not afew,'the 
discovery that " Boz " himself was theDickens. But 
it is|time to leave thesecreative confreresde la plume: 
having partaken of the substantial we must betake 
ourselves to trifle, and come nearer home for our 

No one who consults a dictionary, or a brilliant 
modern conversationalist (who is a 'walking diction- 
ary'), can doubt but that as regards Name there is a 
great deal of it, and no one but Shakespeare doubted 
that there is a great deal in it. Some give a halo'to 
their name, to others their name lends a halo. If 
we may be indulged in distorting another quotation; 

"Good name, in man and woman, dear my Lord, 
Is the immediate jewel of their souls." 

And of one, at least, it was said, " He used no 
other weapon but his name." A name is a little 
thing — granted — yet we are informed on the best 
authority that a baby also is a little thing, and a 
constable was once a baby ; a serpent's fang is a 
little thing, but death is its victory ; a word is a 
little thing, yet one word has been many a man's 
destiny for good or for evil ; life itself is but a little 
thing— one breath less, then comes the funeral. 
We must involuntarily infer what sort of an epic 
poem a man named Timothy would write. And 
Sterne humorously exhorts all godfathers not " to 
Nicodemus a man into nothing." It is to be hoped 
that parents and parrains will be impressed with 
the responsibility under which they* labour at the 
ceremonial of baptism. Beware lest ye indulge any 
eccentric tastes, and dub your offspring or your 
namesakes with cacophonous names. Even a baby 
will turn. Beware lest ye, through hero-worship, 
or pecuninary expectations, literally crass your chil- 
dren with some name which is a mythological relic, 
or some surname of a moribund relative made a 
Christian name by Mammon's transmuting power. 
Hath not Sam. Toronto said, " All cross babies 
shall be squelched ! " Whimsical names have a 
great influence upon characters. Do not make 
your sons the victims of caprice, even though it 
be the caprice of great men. Remember that there 
is an unwritten side even to the calm majesty of 
great men. "Alex, the autograph of all the Russias" 
is indeed familiar to you through the writings of 
th'at estimable lady, Mrs. Malaprop; but perhaps 
few hero-worshippers have ever dreamed of Si 
Augustine at a barber's being ca led " Gus." by his 
'cullud tonsoi ; few think of St. Petei with a bad 
cold; lev. dream of John Knox running m a sack- 

race, and only the facetious can conjure up St. 
Chrysostom at a dentist's having his mouth (like the 
young ladies' mouths of the present age) made 
worth its weight in gold. Of course John A. could 
not be called Jack, but his political rival is not un- 
frequently abbreviated to Alex. Ned Hanlan, if 
you will, but Ned Blake, never ! Fred Plaisted if 
you like, but Fred Manly, never! Edward Blake, 
Fitzpayne Manly— nothing less ! We could not 
think of Jack Bright or Bill Gladstone, or Dan 
Deronda, but perhaps these names are as familiar 
to these celebrities' intimates as Ben Disraeli and 
Ben Lomond doubtless are to convivial conserva- 
tives in the British Isles. There is a reflex action, 
too, for a great deal depends on character and 
circumstances. We could not think of Abraham's 
son as other than Isaac, nor Isaac's wife as other than 
Rebecca ; but joined with the name of Sharpe 
Rebecca becomes Becky, and Ike is more appro- 
priate than Isaac to Mrs. Partington's son, whose 
horse was so spirituous that it always went off on 
the decanter. Dick Deadeye would be nothing as 
Richard Defunct-Optic. 

What's in a name is well exemplified in 
a witty little drama, "■Place aux dames," where 
Shakespeare's heroines are made mortal ; Mrs. 
Ophelia, for example, being torn to tatters in 
a passion at Lady Mac, who with Scotch per- 
sistency will call the melancholy Dane Hamish. 
Indeed one can scarcely imagine Orlando deifying 
any other name than that of Rosalind ; the gentle 
beauty of Cordelia would lose all its charm were she 
called MissC. Lear, and Portia as Mrs. Bassanio 
suggests a strong minded women's righter. Of 
Regan, Goneril, Iago c t id genus onine, it may safely 
be said that we can call them by no names worse 
than their own. How exquisite was Shakespeare's 
taste in names he makes us realize in almost every 
play. Take the question and reply in Cymheline 
for instance — 

Thy name ? Fidele, Sir'. — Thy name well fits thy faith. 
Yet no doubt had his characters lived among us they 
would have shared the heritage of discontent and 
been dissatisfied with their own names as most of 
us are with ours. Why is it that we can not say 
to ourselves and derive consolation from the 
thought, " a poor nomen, sir, an ill favored thing, 
sir, but our own"? and why is it that in other 
things than names some of us can not realize that 
self-dispraise is often affectation in disguise. 

Although we have the authority of Camden that 
a similitude of names " dothe kindle sparkes of love 
and liking among mere strangers," yet a budding 
litterateur, who feels the sparks of genius within 
him glowing, but has the misfortune to have had a 
relative of the same name who was a great author, 
seldom can rise out of his ashes, and by no means 
appreciates this "similitude of names." What 
Charles Dickens could now become a Dickens like 
I lie Dickens? Let us suggest a remedy — Let him 
translate his name into some foreign tongue, lie 
has a wide field ot choice, and can adapt his name 
to the character ct his book. In one language.he 
may have the ruggedness of inexorable consonants, 

in another the softness ol delicious VI >w els Mil 

ton would not have advised the literary aspirant 
to ;o to the Scots for a name, for he thought their 
barbarous names symbolical ol then natures, and 


from a man named MacColleittok he expected no 
mercy. And certainly our names are the antitheses 
of the voluminous dignified Spanish names. It is 
said that a certain Spanish ambassador, who pre- 
eminently prided himself on his grandiloquent 
titles, was on one occasion dumbly astonished to 
find that his entertainer, one honest John Cutts, 
displayed a hospitality that had nothing mono- 
syllabic about it. What pangs of parturition proli- 
fic novel writers must endure, even though it be a 
labor of love ; what obstetric skill must be re- 
quired to midwife an innumerable litter of appro- 
priately literary names gracefully into the light of 
day ! Men have always been sensible to the 
charms of name. We know that Plato's ear ap- 
preciated the delicacy of t a happy harmonious and 
attractive name. Take the " poor red man " in his 
natural state. Translate his titles, and we find 
such picturesque ones as " Path Opener," " Morn- 
ing Dawn," " Great Swift Arrow," Read Hia- 
watha and you will find numbers of such names, 
and if any one reads Hiawatha in a ruffled state of 
mind, he is sure to lay aside the book, soothed by 
the mellifluous flow. What the depravity ot civili- 
zation has done to the aborigines is strikingly 
exemplified in the modern Indian names — " Buffa- 
lo Bill," " Captain Jack," and " Sitting Bull," the 
latter of whom suggests the generic name of the 
less sedentary "John Bull," with his leonine na- 
ture; and the other names ejusdem genius, viz.: 
the canny "Sandies,' 1 the rollicking "Paddies,' 
the ubiquitous " Freshies," and the " Knox- 
ites," follow in their wake. Their origin is appa- 
rent on their face. 

Voltaire once said that the English gain two 
hours a day by clipping words, and this is espe- 
cially noticeable in what may be termed the nom- 
enclature of conviviality. Bonhommie usually ends 
in the abbreviation of the names of the bons hom- 
ines : or, if this is a linguistic impossibility, in the 
substitution of some easily pronounced or eminent- 
ly characteristic title for the objectionably plain 
or polysyllabic one. Some natures indeed are so 
unapproachable, so uncompromising, that their 
names partake of their rigorous iciness or doughy 
callousness, and remain through life unchanged — 
unchangeable. Who has not met a John whom 
it would be a species of verbal sacrilege to call 

A nick-name (French nom de nique) is either an 
appropriate, an opprobrious, or a sportive appella- 
tion. But the first o f these meanings only shows 
clearly its etymology, it being derived from the verb 
nick, to suit ; a name given " in the nick of time." 
Thewriter knows nothing about women, andhas often 
wondered whether they are addicted to nick-nam- 
ing, or whether they consider it, as, he has read, 
they consider angling, " a custom more honored 
m the breach than in the observance." The writer 
has only looked on woman as he looks on the 
milky way in the sky, " a mixture of gentle lights 
without a name." He once indeed read a novel, 
and there were many names and many heroines, 
and he could not believe if such names as Ger- 
trude, Ida, Violet, Dora, Helen, Claire and Ldith, 
which there adorned the pages, also adorned real, 
living women, that anyone could be so void of tact 
and taste as to abbreviate these or substitute nick- 
names for them. Yt t the writer has been told — to 

his grief — by one Joseph, familiarly known as 
" Jow Jow,'' by no means a misogynist, who in 
twenty-four hours saw the whole " Bois de Bou- 
logne a Paris " — told by the said " Jow Jow "— that 
though Lord Dufferin long ago powerfully protest- 
ed against it, yet that apheresis and apocope still 
ruthlessly destroy the most beautiful feminine 
names — that affection and its result, betrothal, are 
continually creating new, fanciful, idiotically in- 
fantile titles, and he cited three which had come 
beneath his own personal supervision, viz.; Toot- 
ums, Dumps, and Popsy. O woman ! woman ! 
woman ! Alas ! alas ! 

From lively to severe there is but a step ; but 
certainly it seems a long step from ladies our social 
lawgivers to the severity of law, and the names 
of some of its celebrities and myrmidons. Yet 
there is a sunshine in the shady place even at law, 
as perhaps a few illustrations may show. Grim 
facetiousness it must have been which suggested 
the nick-name of " Necessity " for a doughty mem- 
ber of the Toronto bar, because " Necessity knows 
no law." 

When an excellent report of a certain case 
particularly pleased the winnner thereof, he 
declared that that reporter's reputation ought to 
be as wide-spread through the globe as Henry 
Clay's is through America ; while the loser on read- 
ing it abandoned his intention of appealing, and 
exclaimed, " Tout est perdu!" Such is fame and 
such the reporter's name. The same reporter is 
known among the " boys " as Per, so called, it is 
believed, because his motto is Excelsior! up higher! 
and his New-Jerusalem cranium — a bright and 
shiny place — is gradually emerging higher and 
higher through his hair. So it is, however, also 
with another celebrity, whose strength seems to be 
renewed like the eagle's, yet men call him not Per, 
simply /I. B. He, however, has less need to cry 
" Cover my defenceless head ;" for does not the 
halo of the U. E. Loyalists encircle it ! 

It may not be known to our classical tutor that 
an Imperious Casar still lives amongst us. Yet 
such is the bail-ful fact. Is the sheriff aught else ? 
Who has not heard of "The Tyke,'' and of J. K., 
and of the "K. family'' generally; and who does 
not know 

" His brothers' pride — young ladies joy, 
Is lie an angel or a boy ? 

Our Allium !" 

Legal nomenclature is indeed a pregnant subject 
but we must leave it lingeringly, with a remark as 
to the appropriateness of a Chancery matter now 
before the lugubrious Court " Re Morse," and as to 
the curious coincidences seen in the style of cause of 
"Date v. Plumb" "Fretz v. Strutz," "Rosamond v 
Rose," "Rowland v. Oliver," "Paul v. Virginia," the 
defendant in the latter not being a feme sole, but 
a U.S. lightning rod company. 

The writer is of course most conversant with the 
names of those who passed through their Univer- 
sity course contemporaneously with himself, and 
perhaps he may be pardoned recalling to readers 
who have left Toronto, (even though the records 
may little interest the present undergraduate;,) the 
convivial names of some whom we have yet with 
us in this hub of intellectual Ontario still flourish- 
ing and jolly and naughty and nice. No doubt ;> it 
that Lbenezer, "The High Moral,' in his rustichome 
at Pickering will uphold the writer when lie says. 

that however diminutive may be the names of 
"Jimmie," (the Official Brewer), "Gibbie," "Teddie" 
et al, their hearts and brains are large and full and 
strong. No doubt that he will be glad to hear that 
the old veteran "Our Alfred" still frequents Cole- 
mans' whenever his alter ego Hugh John permits 
him. No doubt but that he will bewail with others 
who mourn that the singular virtues of "Our 
John" (author of "The Bashful Bazouk") and of 
"Our Willie," and of "A. B," have lost their lustre, 
and that the germs of the epidemic of matrimony 
are groping for a nidus in several other adolescent 
bosoms. No doubt that he will wonder at " Our 
Eddie's" name being changed to "The Filthy," and 
; it will be hard for him to believe that the pink of 
propriety thereby signified, on a recent occasion 
enacted, Gower's Confessio Amantis, and requested 
the change himself, and has since ratified and 
authorized it. Our brother in Pickering — "away 
back" has doubtless often wondered whether 
"Tabby," that genial Toronto medical, owes the 
formation of his name, to his initials being T. A. or 
whether it originated in the principle noscitur ex 
sociis. Does any one knoiv? Perhaps no name 
is so protean in its transformations as Marianne 
with one exception, and that is "Hekidge." Now 
he is "The Count " ; once " Higgins," anon "Hig- 
giano" ; again he is "Sammie," then "Geordie,' 
then "W. G." One is tempted to quote King John 

"And if his name be George, I'll call him Sammie, 
For new made honor doth forget men's names." 

Perhaps it may interest our Pickering friend 
too, to learn that our "W. N." still thinks life worth 
living, and has never disgraced himself— what, 
never! — well, only once. 

Both by graduates and undergraduates will the 
names of "Mr. and Mrs. McDumm," "be familiar fn 
our mouths as household words," be in our flowing 
teacups freshly remembered. Calmly their lives 
flow on in bliss connubial— a living disproval of 
objections to the co-education of the sexes. 
" For contemplation he, and valor formed, 
For softness, she, and sweet attractive grace." 

Of a wide celebrity in recent years were the 
names of "Legs" and "Rumble" suggested by 
prominent physiological phenomena; of "Cour- 
solles," of "James Plus," of " Royal Artillery,' of 
"John Rex," of"Tekrel," (T. C. L.), of " Fwag," 
(F. W. A. G.), all names within names ; and the 
present race of students will be able to " locate " 
with ease "Giglarnps" or " Scales," " Broady," 
("man with appropriate surname"), "Jake, the 
Brakesman," " The Judge," (one of the heroes of 

Detroit), and " Brick L ," a deep read man, as 

his name implies. There is an old legend, too, 
that there once was a man named " Fipp, of Fisig- 
matic fame," a celebrated wrestler, who was over- 
thrown in an encounter with one Chafy, but our 
microcosm knows him not now; 

" He is gone, the beautiful youth." 

Respect is said to be a great intellectual trainer, 
and we believe it ; but we do nut find it on the Univer- 
sity curriculum. Nevertheless, we do not baudy au- 
thoritative names about like school-bovs. As an old 
Upper Canada boy, the writer remembers discuss- 
ing the merits of " Gupsy," "Goats," "Cockeye," 
and "Gentle," without even once identifying them 
by their proper titles. Here, we are glad to say 
are rarely heard such sobriquets . 

It has been a pleasurable task to revive the old 
memories which have sprung up during the com- 
position of this brief sketch. May we hope that 
those memories may be as fresh ami as pleasant 

" When the names we lo vd to h \ir 
Have been carved for mi e, a year 

On the tomb." 

Let the sons of Alma Mater be but loyal lo their 
benign motiitr, and to themselves, and in after 
years perhaps they may be individually remem- 
bered by the singers, when the grand old song 
rolls out : 

"Thin stand to your glasses steady, 
And drink to your comrades' eyes, 
A gl.iss to the dead already, 
And hurrah for the next that dies ! " 


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An undergraduate natters himself that the 
following verses are an imitation of the last chorus 
in Alcestis. They are certainly pessimistic enough 
for Euripides. 

How oft an unkindly garb 

The dearest blessings wear ! 
In his bosom, the tender rain 

Yon frowning cloud doth bear. 

Yea, every hour how kind, 

We know not is our fate : 
We see not with mortal eyes 

What is our best estate. 

Death our myopic sight 

With terror wild endues; 
He comes with loving smile, 

With balm for every bruise! 

— S. A. W. 

We must congratulate the Knox College foot-ball 
club 'on the excellent position they have again taken 
in the competition for the Association cup. They 
seem to be the heaviest team contesting ; this ad- 
vantage coupled with real science, has obtained 
them a record to be proud of. — Queen's College 
Journal . 


At a meeting of the managing committee of The 
White and Blue on Thursday, it was decided to 
offer the paper to undergraduates (not yet sub- 
scribers) for fifty cents for the rest of the academic 
year. This offer includes the issue of last week and 
the present number. 

Hitherio parties have been unable to secure 
single copies of the paper ; the committee decided 
to place it on sale at Winifrith's news stand, Toron- 
to street. 

The vacancies in the staff were filled up as 
follows : associate editors, J. B. Jackson and Walter 
Laidlaw ; business manager, E. P. Davis. 

The House Committee at its meeting on Wed- 
nesday granted the use of the south-east room of 
the Society's building to The White and Blue. 
Contributions can either be left there or with the 
janitor at the college, or handed to any member of 
the staff. The House Committee intend devoting 
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The Sunbeam is a new monthly hailing from the 
Whitby Ladies' College. 

We are sorry to learn through an exchange that 
the McGill College Gazette has gone over to the 

The Quarterly (Hamilton Col. Inst.) has been 
merged into the School Magazine, a more preten- 
tious monthly. 

The University is a new paper at Ann Arbor, 
and the Chronicle welcomes it as a co-worker in 
the task of expressing student sentiment. 

The Roanoke Collegian (Salem, Va.) is an active 
journal which never forgets that college life is con- 
cerned with work more than with anything else. 

In reviewing their work for the past term the 
editors say: ' We have tried to make the Argus a 
students piaper.not a literary magazine * * Wesleyan 
news and Wesleyan interests have occupied our 
attention.' Such work we think is the true field of 
college journalism. 

In the last number of the Portfolio (Wesleyan 
Female Col., Hamilton) is the statement that the 
girls are devoting themselves to calisthenics, 
and they congratulate themselves ' on the splen- 
did opportunity afforded us of strengthening and 
developing the muscles.' The Wesleyan girls are 
evidently preparing for wedded bliss. 

The White and Blue is the newest and best of 
our exchanges. It is published weekly, from Uni- 
versity College, Toronto. There is a certain 
frankness and independent spirit about it quite 
distinct from the conceit which the majority of our 
contemporaries display. We hope it will prosper 
and coutinue as good as it has begun. — King's 
College Record. (Windsor, N.S.) 



The fact that a deputation of students waited on 
the Benchers of the Law Society last month and 
presented a memorial urging them to take action in 
the matter of organizing a school of law; that the 
students, themselves, feeling the want of training 
outside of what might strictly be called legal, have 
induced Professor Young, of this college, to deliver 
them a course of lectures on logic ; and that at the 
same meeting of the Benchers, Hon. Adam Crooks 
introduced a measure which .proposes to reduce 
the time of those qualifying for the bar who have 
taken the L.L.B. course of this university— these 
facts all indicate that considerable interest is being 
manifested in the question of legal education in 
this province. 

That there is need for a school of law seems to 
be admitted by everyone. There is a good law 
school in Montreal, and in many of the States simi- 
lar institutions flourish, either in connection with 
colleges or as seperate organizations. Why then 
has not Ontario, with all her boasted educational 
advantages, a school of law ? It cannot be for 
lack of students, for the number of young men 
entering the profession is very large. It cannot be 
for want of funds, for the province has a surplus, 
and, besides, it has been urged that the school 
might be so conducted as to be self-supporting- 
Neither can it be for the reason that our law-stu- 
dents are already well enough trained in the go-as- 
you-please manner in which they now pursue their 
studies ; for as a matter of fact the majority of our 
lawyers would be none the worse if the preparation 
for their work was systematically conducted. There 
are plenty of lawyers being turned out every year, 
but really good men are scarce enough. 

We do not know whether the students submitted 
any scheme or not to the Benchers ; what we wish 
here to do is to suggest a plan whereby a law- 
school might, at little expense, be established in 
connection with University College, and in affilia- 
tion with the University of Toronto. This sugges- 
tion includes the following propositions : 

(i) The re-casting of the curriculum in the 
faculty of law of the University of Toronto, making 
it more in harmony with the requirements of the 
Law Society. As far as this goes there might be 
mutual concessions. 

(2) The establishment of a teaching faculty of 
law in connection with University College, begin- 
ning with at least one professor of Jurisprudence 
and two or three lecturers on law selected from 
leading members of the bar, who could still retain 
their practice. Being in connection with Univer- 
sity College many of the lectures now given in the 
arts course could with equal advantage be taken by 
students in law. For instance, those on logic, his- 
tory, English, political economy (whenever a 
professor in this latter department shall be a fact) 
and kindred subjects eould be thus utilized. 

(3) A discrimination on the part of the Benchers 
(such as that contained in Mr. Crooks' resolution 
published in another column) in favour of those 
who had passed through such a school and who 
had taken the degree of LL.B. of the University 
of Toronto. 

Were some scheme like this adopted we might 
soon have two hundred instead of twenty students 
proceeding to the degree of LL.B., and what would 
be of still more importance, a better trained bar. 


I am one of the 'gentle readers' for whose 
benefit ' Prodicus ' has written in a late number of 
this paper. I am sorry to think, that, during the 
whole evening that he says he spent in looking for 
facts, he did not find more. But with his fa~ts 
' Prodicus ' worked in the following startling assert- 
ions : that there are five pages of metaphysics to 
two of any other course ; and that there is more 
brainwork in ten lines of metaphysics than in fifty 
of classics. Now if the work in a course is to be 
estimated by the number of pages (which is certainly 
a very elementary way), then modern languages 
is by far the heaviest course. As to his second 
assertion, the majority must admit that thecontiary 
would rather be the true one in most cases. The 
article, however, though containing some exaggera" 
tions, is a step in the right direction. It is time 
that the undue prominence given to classics and 
mathematics in the University of Toronto should 
be modified, and that all five departments should 
be put on the same level. Why should such a 
marked distinction be made between the two depart- 
ments of classics and mathematics and the other 
three, as is made by the present, arrangement of 
scholarships ? Why should not modern languages 
metaphysics and natural sciences have two scholar- 
ships e t \ch ? and why should they not be of equal 
value with those in classics arid mathematics ? 

The only possible reasons, I think, are that classics 
and mathematics are thought more difficult, more 
useful, or more generally studied than the other 
departments. Now as to the amount of work, 
modern languages is fully as difficult as classics, if 
not more so, while the fact of its being divided into 
several sub-departments makes it much less 
easy to obtain first-class honors than in classics. 
As to number, everyone knows that the average 
number of those taking modern languages, meta- 
physics and natural sciences is at least equal to 
the average number of those taking classics and 
mathematics ; indeed, in the latter there is often just 
a man for each scholarship. 

The only argument left is that classics and mathe- 
matics are considered the most useful departments. 
In discussing the merits of a course we must con- 
sider not only the advantages of the training, but 
also of the knowledge derived from that course. 
As to that very mysterious training supposed to be 
derived from the study of the classics, I fail to see 
where it is superior to that of modern lauguages. 
That there is much more memorizing in the Latin 
and Greek grammars than in the French and German, 
I admit, but what is the use of dry memorizing ? 
It is at the same time the hardest work and the 
poorest training for the memory. There is, no 
doubt, considerable training for the mind in trans- 
lating into a foreign language ; but why into Latin 
rather than German ? A great amount of brain 
work is said to be necessary to catch the exact 
meaning of a sentence in classics, but is there not 
an equal amount required to catch the meaning of 
a French idiom, and to understand how the words 
have come to get that peculiar signification ? or to 
fully understand a long and inverted German 
sentence ? There is a training in translating from 
a foreign language into English ; but why should 
this training be confined solely to Latin and Greek ? 

Perhaps it is because our idea of the meaning con- 
veyed in a Greek sentence is generally somewhat 
vague, and so requires a great deal of ingenuity to 
preserve this vagueness in the English. The train- 
ing in mathematics, too, is no doubt very good, but, 
as Madame de Stael says, it is apt to make the 
mind too stiff, too uniform, too much expectant of 
certainty in results : ' Problems in life,' she says, 
'are very different from problems in mathematics.' 

When we consider the advantages, other than 
mere training of the mind, derived from the different 
courses, classics and mathematics, I think, not only 
sink to the level of the other departments, but even 
below them. The Greek literature, no doubt, is 
splendid ; but what men come out of Toronto 
University sufficiently well up in classics to derive 
as much benefit Jrom the study of jEschylus, as he 
would from the same time spent on Shakspeare ? 
We have no scholars if we adopt Macaulay's defi- 
nition of a scholar, ' a man who reads Plato 
with his feet on the fender.' But it is quite pos- 
sible for a man to acquire while at the University 
such a knowledge of French, German, and Italian 
as to read those languages with ease and pleasure ; 
and but little can be obtained from the classics that 
cannot be got with a far less expense of time and 
trouble from modern authors, although the works 
of the latter may not contain that admirable hazi- 
ness of meaning that gives such a peculiar charm 
to the classics. But this century is the most won- 
derful period of the world's history ; discoveries 
and investigations are going on that lead to the 
most startling results, A knowledge of French and 
German, especially the latter, enables us the better 
to keep up with contemporary thought ; a know- 
ledge of metaphysics and natural sciences enables 
us the better to understand and sympathize with 
the great questions/of the day. There is only an 
appearance of truth in the assertion that all modern 
thought is derived from the classics. True, every 
thing must have a beginning, and it has taken ages to 
thoroughly sift many questions ; but if we cannot 
trace them throughout, is it not better to have the 
mature fruit than the imperfect germ, which in 
itself is useless? 

One great aim of university education is to give 
men broad ideas. The greatest curse of ignorance 
is the narrow mind that invariably attends it. Now, 
which of the five departments is the broadest ? Not 
surely classics that deals only with the remote 
past, and a very small part of that. Not surely 
mathematics, that is almost proverbially narrowing, 
some even say stupefying, when taken alone 
Moderns it is, I think, that must be generally 
admitted to give the most in knowledge, training and 
culture. It opens the door to three foreign lan- 
guages and their literatures. It gives a good 
knowledge of history, and a tolerable insight into 
ethnology and comparative philology, and, what 
above all is important to Englishmen, an under- 
standing and command of their mother tongue, 
and an acquaintance with many of the best works 
of the greatest English minds. This then being the 
case, why should there be that discrimination (as 
shown by the figures of ' Prodicus') against the 
department of modern languages (and metaphysics 
and natural sciencesas well) that now characterizes 
the division of the honors of the College and of the 
University ? Gef. 



At the last meeting of the Benchers of the Law 
Society, the following motion was introduced by 
Hon. Mr. Crooks :— 

' Any person having successfully passed the ex- 
amination now prescribed for the degree of bachelor 
of laws in the University of Toronto, by its present 
or any future curriculum, with equivalent require- 
ments, and having obtained such degree, and having 
also successfully passed an examination before this 
Society, in the subjects of the statute law, and the 
practice and pleadings of the courts, and in criminal 
law, may be called to the bar, or admitted as an 
attorney or solicitor, upon payment of the usual 
fees ; in the case of a barrister, after four years 
from his admission as a student of this Society, and 
in the case ot an attorney or solicitor, after having 
duly served under articles of clerkship for the term 
of four years, which per od may have elapsed either 
before or concurrently with the passing of said 
examination for such degree. This rule shall not 
affect any other provisions of the rules of the 
Society with respect to graduates.' 

Further consideration of the motion was deferred 
till the meeting which is to be held next month, in 
order that Benchers might fully consider it. 

But in the meantime Queen's College Journal is 
very indignant over the matter, and amongst other 
things, says : 

We believe this proposition in its one- 
sided and partial application met with but little 
favor, though it appeared as if, were the privilege 
extended to all Universities in Ontario, a similar 
notice thus changed might carry. * * We 
hope the friends of those Universities that have the 
misfortune to be public benefits without drawing 
perforce from the public purse, will render the non- 
passing of the motion as originally put a certainty. 

But will the Journal pardon us for suggesting : 

That 'all Universities in Ontario' have not faculties 
in law and do not hold regular examinations for the 
degree of bachelor erf laws. The calendar of Queen's 
university, for instance, shows that that institution 
has neither curriculum nor examinations in law, 
and that the whole number of graduates on whom 
the degree of LL.B. has been conferred is Jive, and 
these all in one year (1863) and probably under 
abnormal circumstances. 

That those 'Universities that have the misfortune 
to be public benefits without drawing perforce from 
the public purse,' were not asked to put themselves 
in that unfortunate position, and they are at liberty 
to withdraw from it whenever they may see fit to 
do so. 

That 'those Universities that have the misfortune' 
&c, had better first settle whether they hold exam- 
inations in law, and whether such examinations, if 
held, are of a character to satisfy the Law Society, 
before they ' render the non-passing of the motion 
a certainty.' 

of names and phrases, I could find nothing 
tangible until I arrived at the large ' P," placed 
| conspicuously at the bottom of it. Now, who 
is, or what is ' P' ? Is it some new and strange 
article, which for the next month will greet us 
upon fences and gate posts and in the columns 
of the White and Blue, until, when the 
public mind is maddened with curiosity and sus- 
pense, it will at last, like Kaoka or Vegctinc, make 
known its virtues ? Or is it true, as a friend sug- 
gests, that this nightmare vision has emanated from 
the diseased mind of some freshman, and that you 
inserted it to show the abnormal mental condition 
produced by Milligan's plum dodgers, combined 
with Residence cocktails ? This, no doubt, is the 
true explanation. It is a strange, but not pleasant 
study. I never before witnessed such a mass of 
undigested scraps and half masticated jokes, as 
has been evolved by the literary retchings of this 
misguided youth. In quantity and variety it sur- 
passes even the contents of the great Fitzpayne 
Manly's celebrated sausage machine. You have, 
indeed, given us a phenomenon, but I would advise 
you, Mr. Editor, not to allow your columns to be 
again inundated by the Niagara torrent of this ' P.' 
In the future kindly give us notice of any indica- 
tions of 'intellectual secretions,' or other gastric 
disturbance in this unfortunate freshy. 

A Reader. 


To the Editor. — As an occasional reader of 
your columns I would beg to ask you the meaning 
of the last two pages of your issue of ioth January. 
As it fills the most important half of ycur paper, I 
presume that it is an advertisement. Now, I waded 
carefully through all the article, painfully on my 
guard lest it should prove an advertising catch, 
and that the whole thing should turn out to 
have reference merely to Treble's perfect fitting 
shirts, or Pearce's purgative pills. But no, 
among the obscure allusions and fantastic jumble 


Allow me, to place before the readers of this 
paper, a grievance which has been borne by the 
students of University College, I suppose, since 
its foundation. It is as follows:— In the examina- 
tions in classics the matter for translation is not 
printed and consequently copies of the text have to 
be handed round to each candidate. I will now 
merely state my own experience during the past 
examinations. After waiting for about 10 minutes 
an immense book which covered more than half 
the desk, was handed to me and I was told that it 
would be taken away in half an hour. There was 
on the paper apiece to translate twopieces to scan, 
a dozen words to parse and derive, and some con- 
struction to explain- all to be done in half an hour. 
I set to work and got to the end of the first piece 
of scansion when the book was taken away and I 
was told that I would get it back again. I got it 
back for five minutes only, and when I did I forgot 
to do the scaning which I had left out, and several 
other parts, the consequences of which I expect 
will be that my name will be where it shouldn't 
when the returns come in. I am howeverquite con- 
fident that if the piece of translation had been on 
the paper, as it should have been, that I could have 
got through the exams. I am sorry to have to 
give such a detailed account but I think this matter 
can not be too forcibly impressed on any one, even 
the College Council itself. I would like if any 
person could tell me why they do not manage their 
examinati< ns on the same principle as the Univer- 
sity. I think that if it is a matter of dollars and 
cents that the men in this department would most 
gladly get up a subscription b> pay the difference of 
printing. I must again apologise to readers on 
account of the length of this letter, but still I hope 
it will receive attention. REFORM. 


All connected with Toronto University are fully 
aware of the fact that the real curriculum course 
in arts is four years. At the same time it must be 
admitted that this period can be reduced to three 
under certain conditions ; yet those adopting the 
three year course will ever be a small minority as 
things now exist. It may be asked, since a three 
year course is within the reach of the students, 
why do they not avail themselves of the privilege 
if this be a real advantage ? In the first place I 
shall endeavor to answer this question, and then 
show that a change to the shorter course would be 
to the interest of all concerned. 

The reasons why so few adopt the three year 
system are nearly these: (i) The great majority 
of the high schools and collegiate institutes train 
almost entirely with a view to sending their pupils 
up as candidates to Toronto University; and the 
popular entrance examination at present is the 
junior, and so they make a speciality of it, being 
that in which they are most likely to gain a repu- 
tation for skill in teaching. (2) From this cause 
senior matriculation classes are not so carefully and 
thoroughly prepared. In fact, few of our high 
schools make a specialty of the higher examination^ 

(3) Under these conditions a man wishing to enter 
at the senior matriculation must either content 
himself with a less efficient preparatory training or 
study under private guidance, or be self-taught. 

In spite of these hinderances, there seems to be 
a growing feeling in favor of the shorter course ; 
and that this is true, is manifested by the number 
who enter at the end of the first year, even under 
the unpromising circumstances just alluded to. 

Now, glance for a moment at the British univer- 
sities, and most will be found to demand only a 
three year course : Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, 
Glasgow and London. 

Apart, however, from any desire to be like others, 
it appears to me that were the first year's work of 
the curriculum delegated to the high schools and 
institutes, it would tend greatly to raise the tone of 
our much boasted Ontario education, both as re- 
gards the high schools and institutes and Univer- 
sity College. The following reasons might be given 
in favour of the change : 

1. It would raise the standard of the high schools 
and institutes, by giving them more advanced work 
to do ; and would act as an incentive to the various 
school boards to increase and improve their accom- 
modation and teaching appliances. 

2. It would improve the position of the teachers 
by making theirduties more important and dignified 

3. It would improve general hi-gh school educa. 
tion throughout the untiy, by affording an oppor- 
tunity of gaining some familiarity with first year 
work without being required to attend college. 

4. It would improve the status of University col- 
lege in at least two ways. (1) by separating the 
ground on which the professors are expected to 
lecture entirely from, and raising it above the more 
preliminary seats of learning; and (2) by freeing 
the professors from one year's lectures, they would 
be enabled to divide their time and attention among 
tin- three remaining years, greatly to tl e advantage 
of the. latter. 1". 



The committee on prizes for the University Rifles' 

annual rifle match, beg to acknowledgs with thanks 

the receipt of subscriptions and prizes from the 

following contributors : 

Hon. E. Rlake, chancellor of the university. 
Chief Justice Moss, vice-chancellor. 
Rev. Dr. McCaul, president ot university college. 
Professor Wilson. 
Professor Croft. 
Professor Chapman. 
Professor Loudon 
Professor Wright. 

W. G. Falconbridge, M.A.. registar of the university. 
Professor Galbraith. 
Dr. Oldright. 

W. D, Pearman, M.A., dean of residence. 
Mons. Einile Pernet. 
J. M. Herschfelder, Esq. 
VV. H. Vandershmissen, M.A. 
Messrs. Kowsell & Hutchinson. 
Willing & Williamson. 
Jas. Vannevar. Esq. 
E, D, Piddington, Esq. 
Bv order, 


Sec. Treas 


The students last night decided not to hold a 
conversazione this year, making the second year 
hand-running in which this popular entertainment 
has had, in the opinion of students, to be aban- 
doned owing to the action of the College Council in 
regard to it. The council limited the society to an 
issue of not more than 1,400 tickets. They said 
that at the last conversazione the building had 
been overcrowded, and that they would not allow 
of so large a number assembling in it again. 

While the students appeared to admit that per- 
haps there had been too many at the last re-union 
they thought the Council was rather severe in 
cutting the number of tickets down to nearly one- 
half; and when they further saw that it would be 
impossible to raise sufficient money on so small a 
number of tickets (for the tickets though given to 
friends are really paid for by students) to make the 
proposed conversazione at least equal to past ones, 
they voted it down. 

The great majority of the undergraduates, and 
many graduates as well, think that the treatment 
of the Society by the Council is anything but 
generous, anil that had the Council merely inti- 
mated that there had been too many at the last 
conversazione, and that the numbers would have 
to be kept down thereafter, their wishes would have 
been respected, and there would not have been that 
feeling of disappointment in regard to the conver- 
sizione which is now felt not only by graduates, 
undergraduates, and the citizens of Toronto gene- 
rally, but even by the Council itself. 


The glee club will meet for practice next week. 
A piano is to be put in the hall of the society for 
their use. The hour of practice will be from five 
to six on Fridays. 

D. R. Keys, B.A., who, on graduation in 1878, 
went to Germany to continue his studies, has re- 
turned — at least as far as New York, where he is 
reading at Columbia law school. 

Edgar Frisby, B.A., '64, silver medplist in 
mathematics, was appointed by the United States 
governmeut to proceed to California and observe 
the total eclipse of the sun on the nth inst. 

Dr. Pvke delivered his first lecture as professor 
of chemistry last Monday. He was introdured by 
Professor Croft. The University of Oxford has 
given him the degree (honorary) of Master of Arts. 

The dinner to Professor Croft last night was 
very successful. Over one hundred of his friends, 
students and ex-students were present to honor him 
on retiring from the position he has so ably filled 
for many years. 

The following is on the minutes of a recent 
meeting of the Benchers of the Law Society : — 
Ordered that the secretary do acknowledge the 
receipt of Mr. Falconbridge's letter, in reference to 
the theft of his hat from the Hall, and say that con- 
vocation can do nothing in the matter, 

Students and ex-students will regret the re- 
moval of the large ash tree that stood before 
President McCauls window, and which was known 
as the ' Doctor's tree.' The roots interfered with 
the drains, and so it had to be cut down. No one 
regrets the loss of the tree more than the Doctor 

A fourth year pass man reminds those honor 
men in some of the departments who are complain- 
ing of 'unjust discrimination' in the matter of 
prizes and scholarships, that the pass men out- 
number any of the departments and get neither 
medals nor prizes. He says further, that this 
should be exposed, and accordingly he is writing a 
Dcfensio Passorum. 

Of the students of Knox College 14 are graduates 
and 48 undergraduates of the University of Toron- 
to. Besides these quite a number of Knox college 
students (who do not intend taking a degree in arts) 
are occasional students of University college. The 
graduates are taking a course in theology and are 
distributed thus : third year theology 4 ; second 
year 5 ; first year 5. The 48 undergraduates have 
the following standing in the university : fourth 
year n ; third year 10 ; second year 16 ; first year ir. 

Brown, a second year man, for exercise, began 
shovelling the snow off the sidewalk in front of his 
boarding house the other morning. While he was 
busy at work, and just as two girls, whom he had 
met at a party only a few evenings before, were 
coming on him unobserved, a fellow boarder came 
out on his way down town and said to the unrler- 
grad I've left your ten cents with the missus, and 
an old coat that I guess I'll fit you. Brown looked 
up, but a sight of the girls confused him, and he 
was unable to ward of the blow before they were 
out of hearing. But he did not take any more 

In the Ontario Assembly last Monday, Mr 
Metcalfe moved for a return of: I. The number 
of regular students, also of occasional students, 
admitted at University College during the years 
1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, distinguishing the 
males from the females. 2. Of the number of such 
students who actually attended the college during 
those years, and the number who matriculated at 
the University of Toronto. 3. The respective sal- 
aries of professors, tutors, and others in receipt of 
moneys from the college funds. 4. The total 
amount of the annual income of said college, and 
of the annual charges upon the same. 

part in one that he knew could not prove a success. 
Mr. O'Meara btought in a report of theconverszione 
committee to the effect that it would be desirable 
to hold a conversazione, and then moved its adop- 
tion. A lengthy discussion ensued on this motion. 
It was represented by the speakers against the mo- 
tion for the adoption of the report that the College 
council had imposed restrictions upon the society 
that would prevent them from holding a re-union 
that would prove creditable to the students. After 
400 tickets had been allowed as complimentaries, 
there did not remain more than would produce at 
the utmost I300; and this sum was quite inade- 
quate, because at the last conversazione, more than 
I450 was expended, the item for music alone being 
$350. Several spoke on the other side to the effect 
that at least $350 or 8400 could be raised from the 
sale of tickets to graduates and under-graduates, 
and even if so large an amount could not be col- 
lected this year as formerly, a less expensive enter- 
tainment might be given than the one two years 
ago, when, owing to certain circumstances, mat- 
ters were pusheclforward with great zeal in regard 
to the conversazione, The College council had 
given permission to issue 1400 tickets, allowing be- 
sides the admission of graduates and under-gradu- 
ates by gown. This, brought the number up to 
2000 more in fact than the Hall would contain. If 
enough tickets were issued to fill the house, surely 
sufficient funds would be forth-coming to meet all 
expenditures. Mr. Milner moved an amendment 
that the discussion be postponed till a special meet- 
ing oft he society to be called by thegeneral committee. 
This amendment was lost, and the original motion 
for the adoption of the report was then put and 
lost on a division of 22 to 36. The report of the 
committee appointed to revise the invitation list to 
the public meetings was read by Mr. Ballantyne 
and adopted The society then adjourned, the essay 
and debate being postponed till the Friday follow- 
ing the meeting at which the open debate takes 


The university of Leipsic has 3,196 students 
Yale has 906. 

Harvard and Princeton give the degree of M.A' 
only to those who take a post-graduate course. 

The anniversary of the founder of McGillUni- 
versity will be celebrated on the 23rd of this month 

The average annual expenses of a student at 
Michigan university is $370; Hamilton, #450; 
Princeton $600 ; Harvard, or Yale, 


The meeting of the society was held last night, 
Mr. W. T. Herridge in the chair, Mr, Pernet was 
declared an honorary member of the society, no 
ballot being demanded. A communication was 
read from Mr. Ponton, in which he asked the socie- 
ty to accept his resignation as a graduate member 
of the conversazione committee, for the reason that 
he thought a successful conversazione could not be 
held if the issue of tickets was to be limited by the 
College council to 1400, and he did not wish to take 

Vice-chancellor Blake and Sanford Fleming, 
C.B., have been nominated for the position of 
chancellor of Queen's University. The election 
takes place before the 15th March. 

There is an article on spelling reform in the 
last number of the Princeton Review by Professor 
March, of Lafayette College that is well worth 
reading. It is in favor of a change in our present 
way of spelling. 

A handsome mural monument, intended to per- 
petuate the names of nineteen graduates of the 
university (department of arts) who died in the war 
of the rebellion, has recently been put in the college 
chapel. — University of Pennsylvania, 

The Western University (London) has not yet 
commenced operations. Hellmuth college has 
ceased to exist and its buildings are now the pro- 
perty of the senate of the Western university and 
at present occupied by Dufferin College, 

Comparatively few college graduates in Canada 
leave their Alma Mater with the ability to write 
off-hand an ordinary newspaper communication, on 
a familiar subject, that is fit to be printed without 
grammatical correction. — Acta Victoriana. The 
editors of the public press also hold the same 


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B. hold again is'told the truth so sad 

1 hat too much learning drives us mad ' 

Seize ye the Victim ; with strong cords him seize 

Ere yet the fiendish smile his countenance leaves. 

Impale the wretch, and at the College gate 

Let wondering freshman read the awful fate 

Of one who 'ssayed more than the course prescribed, 

Dabbled in Names, and thus so early died. 

K. K. 

A. B., whose commendable suggestion appears 
in another column, has requested us to ask fourth 
year men to express through these columns any 
opinion they have in regard to his suggestion, even 
if they only write whether they approve of it or not 

We stated last week what was the opinion oi 
the students and graduates in regard to the action 
of the college council in the matter of the conver- 
sazione . It is only proper that we should state 
what we have since learned, namely, that the coun- 
cil granted all that was asked of them, namely, 
fourteen hundred tickets. 

In No. 9 of this paper there was what appeared 
to be an innocent article by ' P' on names and nick- 
names, and which gave a number of instances of 
the use of the latter. Now there was nothing re- 
markable in the examples given had not several of 
our readers taken to trying on the caps therein con- 
tained; some were so struck with them that they 
declared them to be just their fit, and accordingly 
the went round with the paperin their hands saving 
' that's me.' Others tried on a cap, thought it fitted 
them, but didn't like the style and so sent articles 
to the White and Blue. We have already pub- 
lished one of these, and this week we give two 
others, which we think ought to close the question 


The new Hemenway Gymnasium, at Harvard, 
was first opened for public inspection on the 8th, 
and was first opened for athletic exercise on the 
Monday following. One of its features is the row- 
ing room admirably fitted for the purpose for which 
it was intended, being eighteen by eighty feet in 
size and supplied with machines so arranged that 
two eights can practice at the same time. The 
'varsity machines are new and arranged, so that 
they can be rowed port or starboard. The other 
machines are those which were in the boat-house, 
but they have been made over so as to answer the 
purpose as well as new ones. 

Geo. Smith, B.A., '79, is professor of Latin in 
the Literary Institute, Woodstock. 

The sum of $37,354,13 has been expended on the 
School of Practical Science building. 

Victoria University has made its matriculation 
examination to correspond with that of Toronto. 

The secretary of the general committee was last 
week fined five cents for a breach of the library 

Mr. A. S. Lown, of the fourth yearand Mr. I. M, 
Levan of the third year have been appointed assis- 
tants of the librarian. 

Samuel Woods, M.A., (gold medallist, classics, 
'62), and recently one of the examiners of this Uni- 
versity, is performing the duties of professor of 
classics in Queen's College, Kingston, until a suc- 
cessor of the late Professor McKerras shall be ap- 

The next regular meeting of the Y. M. C. A , 
will be held as usual in the Society Room at eleven 
this forenoon. Subject : ' The character of a dis- 
ciple.' There will be a business meeting at the 
close for the election of secretary-treasurer. All 
are invited. 

The members of the Senate who retire this year 
are: Elected by convocation — James Fisher, M.A., 
Archibald F. Campbell, M.A., Samuel Woods] 
M.A. ; nominated by the Lieutenant-Governor— 
Hugh McMahon, Q,C, C. S. Gzowski, C. E., John 



A greater or less number of organizations are 
supported by the students of our colleges. We 
have literary societies, debating clubs, science 
associations, Y. M. C. A.'s, college papers, and the 
like, all of which might come under the heading 
intellectual. Then there is the social, made up of 
glee clubs, entertainments to which the public are 
invited, class organizations, etc. Next and last 
the athletic associations take up no small share of 
the attention. What we want to direct attention 
to in this place is the relation that should exist 
between these various organizations — or the same 
idea might be put in the form of two questions : 
first, how the energy of the students is to be con- 
fined to a comparatively few organizations and not 
allowed to dissipate itself in",trying to support an 
abnormal number of weak ones ; second, how are 
those that are of the right kind to be kept from 
clashing with one another. 

As to the first of these points, most students will 
admit that there are too many organizations about 
our colleges. What we want is a less number, but 
those to be possessed of greater vitality ; and if the 
number cannot be reduced, then, at all events, 
some of them should be subordinated to others of 
more importance. Those organizations which em- 
brace the largest number of ^members, and which 
have concern of the interests of the largest number, 
should have the first place in the attention and 
support of the students. For instance, in what we 
have called the intellectual organizations, a strong 
and active literary society ought to be maintained 
before any other. Its proceedings ought to be of 
such a character that every student could take an 
interest in them, and its advantages such that every 
student should feel a desire to share in them. A 
good reading room should be one of the adjuncts 
of such a society. Among all the organizations 
about a college, none is so well calculated to form 
a sort of common council, where all students can 
brush against one another ; and in which all are on 
an equal footing, as a good general literary societv. 
Consequently none of the inferior organizations 
should ever have the same claim on the loyalty of 
students as it has, and its interests should never be 
sacrificed to a more limited society. 

The same rule should apply in the matter of 
athletics. Owing to certain natural advantages, or 
to tradition and taste, some one sport is or should 
be the game at a particular college. When regard 
is had to the season, two different sports may some- 
times be cultivated, as. for instance, some particular 
ball-game in the fall, and rowing in the spring and 
summer. But whatever the sport is that students 
find suited to their location or to their tastes, that 
is the one which should be supported by all the 
students, if not as active players, at least as mem- 
bers of the club. And just as a reading room is 
the adjunct of the literary society, so a gym- 
nasium is a necessity on the side of athletics. It is 
only by keeping up a gymnasium and by fostering 
one particular game that a college can hope for 
athletic standing in the student world. Hut it 
must not be thought that we advocate that sense- 
less idea of over-training and over-doing a thing 
which is characteristic of most athletism of the 

present day. On the contrary, we hold that all 
games about a college should be of the nature of a 
recreation for, and exercise to, the student ; but at 
the same time we think this is best attained by the 
fostering of one particular game, along with occas- 
ional contests between colleges playing the same 

Let us then apply these principles to our own 
college life. While we have various societies of the 
first class, let the literary society and the reading 
room have the strongest claim on our attention, and 
let us not allow any other organization to which we 
may belong to keep us away from the more im- 
portant one. Then as to games ; foot-ball, as 
played by either of the clubs, has been the tra- 
ditional game of University College, and should have 
the support of all its students. It is best suited to 
our situation, our climate, and our grounds, and is 
a sport in which the greatest number can take 
part. It any of the students wish to introduce new 
games let them do so, but do' not let the new play 
interfere with the popular pastime. As we have 
a gymnasium building but no appliances therein, 
it should be the duty of the foot-ball club or the 
gymnasium association to take the matter up, and 
try and have it in running order by next fall. 

After the literary society and foot-ball, a glee 
club is the thing which distributes its special ad- 
vantages to all. To have a good student's chorus 
at all our meetings would go a long way in making 
them attractive, Let us then all support the glee 
club, if not as singers, at least as subscribers to its 
funds. Then there is the college paper, devoted 
to the interests of the students and their societies. 
It should have every student on its subscription 
list, and not only their subscription, but their con- 
tributions in the shape of articles and items as well. 

But while we wish to see these four flourish 
before the others, we do not wish to see any of our 
present societies go down. They have their special 
aims and are entitled to support, but they should 
never clash with the more general organizations. 


A. B., a fourth year man, writes us as follows : — 
I would like to make to the undergraduates in 
arts of the fourth year a suggestion (by no means 
a new one), which, if they or a considerable num- 
ber of them fell in with it, might easily have a more 
real existence than a mere suggestion. I mean to 
suggest that in this their last acadamic term at the 
college they should bind themselves in some way 
to meet at a fixed place ten years hence, and cele- 
brate the event by a dinner, or in whatever way it 
will then be customary to celebrate an event of this 
nature. After the fifty members of the fourth year 
separate in June, they will speedily become scattered 
to various parts, and some will probably not see 
others during the whole decade from now till 1890; 
the names of some will be forgotten (alas, gentle- 
men, 'tis true !) ; the very forms of some at the end 
of ten years will have escaped the memory. Such 
a re-union as I suggest after such a lapse of time, 
ought to meet with universal approval, as it will 
surely form an event of some interest in all our 
lives. In those days some ot us, (and, to judge 
from present intentions, a goodly number) will be 

prosecuting delinquents, or defending clients ; and 
what more glorious idea can present itself than to 
think that after a hard day's fight in behalf of some 
unfortunate defendant we shall spend that evening 
where law shall have no domain, where nothing 
shall engage the attention but the revival of old 
college associations, the hours ' loafed' on Yonge 
street, or spent (or mis-spent) in a garret, the 
Friday night meetings where the distinguished 
orator, Mr. X., (one of our number) first learned 
to hold forth ; or in fine, the conversaziones which 
we did not hold. That evening will be an occa- 
sion when theologs, whose faces by that time 
will have become very grave and sedate, may 
relax their long-contracted muscles, and sing with 
the rest of us Nunc est Bibendum, and have a high 
time generally, even as they are now said on occa- 
sions to have concerted pieces on the tin whistle 
and comb at Knox, and to make a bedlam out of 
that institution. Theologs, carpete diem : it will 
not be objected to you ten years hence to meet in 
public your old college comrades ; and besides, 
the outside public won't know anything of what 
transpires at the dinner ; no reporters allowed, and 
consequently nothing will be said about broken 
glasses or distorted cravats, or unseemly grimaces 
in the singing of ' Old Grimes.' ■ Gentlemen, in those 
days some of us shall be school-teachers. And here 
a fine excuse will be aflorded us to leave our rural 
abodes and come down to the metropolis for a 
couple of days, and once more delight in looking 
into the shop windows, and perhaps go to the 
theatre with Books in the evening. Or if there be 
politicians among us (and I guess there are) what 
a fine opportunity of spreading our views and 
reputation, and securing votes ! Would-be-politi- 
cians should consider if this is not a far sighted 
policy, and one which they should support. Ten 
years hence ! W r e shall not then be distin- 
guished by classics or metaphysics, moderns or 
mathematics; but our service to the community 
and to the state will be the criteiion. It shall 
probably delight some of the lesser lights of us to 
have an oppoitunity of shaking hands, and renewing 
our acquaintance, with this rising legal luminary, 
or that already celebrated preacher; or perhaps a 
poet will be amongst us. But it is probable, too, 
gentlemen, that while most of us will doubtless 
be bustling about and jostling through the crowded 
world, there are some who will havemade their exit 
from this world's stage, and for whom the dark 
curtain shall have dropped. Gentlemen, come for- 
ward and sign the pledge to meet in 1890. 


The White and Blue has, during its short ex- 
istence, been favoured with articles cf various 
kinds and of various degrees of merit. But per- 
haps the most remarkable of all is one that appeared 
in a late number entitled, ' Names, nick names, 
110ms de plume.' It is especially devoted to wit 
and the personal recollections of the writer. The 
former expressed chiefly in puns, the latter in the 
doings and jokes of the writer and his friends. 

And to begin with he is not one of those narrow 
minded individuals whose reading and thought have 
been entirelv turned in one direction. Not at all. 


His reading and everything about him is wide, and 
he spares no pains to proclaim this laudable fact. 
He seems to labour under the impression that the 
value of an article depends on the amount of know- 
ledge displayed in it, and he has made his as 
valuable as possible. His wit is shown in fourteen 
puns, his learning in sixteen French and Latin 
phrases, and his multifarious learning in thirty-two 
quotations, ranging from Shakespeare to Pinafore. 
In fact to judge from the disjointed condition of the 
article and the lack of relevancy in many of the 
quotations and witticisms, one would suppose that 
the article had been written for the sake of the 
quotations and puns instead of their being intro- 
duced to illustrate what he had to say. 

And yet the writer displays many excellent qual- 
ities. He has great industry and considerable 
research. The collection of nicknames and noms 
de plume that he offers us is interesting and highly 
curious. His abilities as a compiler are evidently 
great, and if only turned in the right direction, as 
for instance, to the work of a lexicographer, would, 
no doubt, give valuable results. And on this very 
account it is especially to be regretted that so much 
industry has been wasted in the collecting and re- 
hashing of stale jokes. It is really heart-rendering 
to see these old, things revived that we had flat- 
tered ourselves were forever consigned to the 
oblivion they deserve. When in reading the White 
and Blue one meets with extracts from Pinafore 
and jokes about a man's cranium 'emerging through 
the hair,' he is irresistibly reminded of Falstaff's 
description of Justice Shallow's vouthful days when 
he too was ' flourishing and jolly, and naughty and 
nice. ' He came ever in the rearward of fashion 
and sung those tunes to the over-scutched hus- 
wives that he heard the carmen whistle and sware — 
they were his fancies.' 

Many, no doubt, would consider his disjointed 
style as a blemish, for although a marvel of mosaic 
it certainly is not in the manner of the best English 
prose writers. As an assistance towards eliminating 
this defect, we would suggest a carefnl study of the 
prose writings of Mr. Matthew Arnold. And, in- 
deed, he could get many valuable hints from 
Abbott and Seeley's remarks on patchwork, which 
he will rind on page ro6 of their little book entitled 
' English lessons for English people.' In fact, he 
seems entirely unable to distinguish between a 
style suitable to conversation and one suitable to 
the White and Bice. This is particularly notice- 
able in his puns, many of which would be passable 
and some even good if ' secreted' impromptu in 
ordinary conversation. Bui when w' vc n us in print 
as finished jokes, they are to say the least a failure, 
Here is one taken at random. ' It may not be 
known to our classical tutor that an Imperious 
Caesar lives amongst us, yet such is the bail-ful 
fact. Is the sheriff aught else ? We have heard 
worse puns than this, — but not much worse. There 
is nothing so pitiful as to see a man trying to be 

But the most objectionable feature of all is his 
intense personality. Me is continually obtruding 
himself and his friends, and appeal s to think that 
we are all acquainted with their nick names, their 
peculiarities and their lit tie jokes, and can recog- 
nize them by the most obscure allusion. In fact, 

he and his friends are like the nobility, known by 
all men. Of course we ordinary mortals have an 
intense curiosity to learn something of the doings 
of these great men. And from sheer kindness of 
heart our author condescends to give us a few 
episodes from their lives. He tells us that ' Our 
Alfred' still frequents Coleman's, that ' Our Willie,' 
' Our John' and 'A. B.' are lately married, that ' W. 
N.' still thinks life worth living, and has only once 
disgraced himself. Apparently we owe this last 
very interesting bit of information less to the 
writer's good nature than to the fact that it affords 
him an opportunity of getting off one of his wretched 
Pinafore jokes: 'what never! well, only once.' 
Even Justice Shallow would have blushed at this. 
And to conclude, although this most extraordinary 
writer signs himself P, he gives us many clues to 
his personality. Apparently thinking, it is worth 
our while to puzzle a little over the author of so 
good a thing — yet, all the time intending that our 
trouble shall not be in vain, for when he has im- 
mortalized his friends why should he not do as 
much for himself? Consequently he lets us catch 
frequent glimpses of his real person, as honest Bot- 
tom says, ' Nay, and half his face must be seen 
through the lion's neck.' He tells us that he grad- 
uated lately, that he studied at Upper Canada Col- 
lege ; by his phraseology, points out law as his 
profession ; by his quotations and French phrases, 
hints at modern languages as his honor depart- 
ment, and besides gives us the nick-names of his 
personal friends. In fact, it is as though he should 
say ' I Pyramus am not Pyramus, but Bottom the 
Weaver.' B.B. 

To the Editor. — It would be a pity, I think, to 
have so young a periodical as your paper committed 
to such a degrading heresy as materialism. I 
therefore beg to call your attention to the doctrine 
implicitly held by the writer of a recent ambitious 
production on nick names (who ought to have known 
better than to use bons homines as he did), and 
creeping out in the expression ' intellectual secre- 
tions.' This, of course, is rank Cabanism, and the 
public ought not to be permitted to imagine that it 
is taught in University College.' Francais. 


Yale and Columbia have bycycle clubs. 

Of the three thousand seven hundred professors 
employed in the United States, 1,200 are from 
Wesleyan university, Conn. 

The university of Michigan has placed journal- 
I ism among its subjects of instruction, and lectures 
in that profession will shortly be instituted at 
Ann Arbor by Prof. Tyler. 

Queen's College has sustained a severe loss in 
the death of Professor McKerras. He will be es- 
pecially missed by the students, in whose interests 
and organizations he always took great interest. 

The prospect of several games of Rugby next 
spring is good. Racine and Toronto both expect 
return matches. Of these the former will prob- 
ably take place on our own campus as the associ- 
ation has no more money to spend on games in 
Detroit. Besides these an effort will be made to 
secure a trial with Cornell. Princeton and Yale 
have indirectly expressed their willingness to meet 
us at Buffalo, but they never practice in the spring 
hence we cannot hope to try them until next fall. 
Chronicle (Ann Arbor.) 

In respect to throwing the ball, eight colleges 
have made the following records in feet and inches ; 
Trinity, 360; Bowdoin, 332.3; Yale, 326. 7J; Michi- 
gan University, 324.10; Dartmouth, 318. n, Mari- 
etta, 315 ; Virginia, 313. 11 ; Syracuse, 300. 

The Cornell University farm, including campus, 
consists of 264 acres ; the total endowment fund is 
11,263,999; salaries of 54 instructors (to all ranks) 
amount to $73,283; annual expenditures, about 
|r 10,000: number of graduates, 621 ; of undergrad- 
uates, 435. 

There are 425 colleges in the United States, or 
one to every 100,000 inhabitants. New York has 
one to 320,000; Massachusetts one to 230,ooo|; 
Connecticut one to 200,000 ; Rhode Island one to 
160,000: Pennsylvania one to 135,000; Illinois one 
to 100,000; Tennessee one to 95,000; Maryland 
and Missouri one to 90,000; Ohio one to 80,000 ; 
Iowa one to 70,000. 

' I know I'm losing ground, sir,' tearfully mur- 
mured the pale-faced freshman, 'but it is not my 
fault, sir. If I were to study on Sunday, as the 
others do, I could keep up with my class, sir — 
indeed, I could ; but I promised mother ne-ne-never 
to work on the Sabbath, and I can't sir, ne-never,' 
and as his emotions overpowered him, he pulled 
out his handkerchief with such vigor that he 
brought out with it a small flask, three faro chips 
and a euchre deck, and somehow or other the pro- 
fessor took no more stock in that freshman's elo- 
quence than if he had been a graven image. — Acta 

The pertinacity with which an erroneous para- 
graph connected with some well-known name will 
continue to float in the newspapers, in spite of all 
contradictions and denials, has long been remarked 
upon as one of the curious characteristics of jour- 
nalism. An especially amusing instance of this, 
however, has been supplied by the currency of a 
string of vulgarly-expressed commonplaces whereof 
the ' annual orator' before a so-called graduating 
class in a 'business and commercial college' relieved 
his alleged mind more than eight years ago. As the 
inauguration of Professor Porter into the presidency 
of Yale, which had happened at about that time, 
brought his name prominently into the public prints, 
some shameless wag of the press decided to confer 
newspaper immortality upon the commercial com- 
mon places by accrediting them to the distinguished 
metaphysician of Yale. The result must have sur- 
passed his fondest hopes, for though successive 
editors of all the undergraduate journals of that 
college have exposed the fraud time and again, the 
paragraph has steadily refused to be surpressed for 
more than a few months at most. One Yale writer 
tried to kill it by declaring that President Porter's 
real words were : ' Don't get drunk in church. 
Don't kick your father down stairs. Don't spit 
tobacco-juice on the parlor carpet. Don't murder 
your mother-in-law. Be decent. Take a bath 
occasionally. Read the Missionary Herald. Ad 
vertise in the Yale Lit.' Regardless of satire and 
denunciation, however, the lying paragraph of r87i 
has skipped gayly along from scissors to scissors, 
and at last comes up smiling as follows in the 
Oberlin Review of January 8, 1880 : ' The following 
very excellent advice of President Porter, of Yale, 
to his students and young men in general, we clip 
from an exchange : ' Young men, you are architects 
of your own fortunes. Rely on your own strength 
of body and soul. Take for your star self-reliance. 
Inscribe on your banner, ' luck is a fool ; pluck is 
a hero. Don't take too much advice ; keep at the 
helm and steer your own ship, and remember that 
the art of commanding is to take a fair share of the 
work Think well for yourself. Strike out. Assume 
your own position. Put potatoes in a cart, go over 
a road, and the small ones go to the bottom. Fire 
above the mark you intend to hit. Energy, invin- 
cible determination, with the right motive, are the 
levers that move the world. Don't swear. Don't 
deceive. Don't read novels Don't marry until 
you can support a wife. Be earnest. Be generous. 
Be civil. Read the papers Advertise your busi- 



L'Institui Ethnographi \\ i has appointed Mr. 

W. H. VanderSmissen, M.A., of University college, 
to be its Delegue Regional at Toronto, thus consti- 
tuting him its representative for Ontario. Rev. 
Professor Campbell, MA. (Tor.), is the repre- 
sentative in Montreal: 

A. W. Marling, B. A., ,79, has just returned from 
from pursuing a theological course at Princeton, 
X |. under the auspices oi the Presbytererian 
Church of the United States, he will set out in 
the spring to enter the missionary field in Western 
Africa, near the equator. 

Tin lual f the cl t ire studying 

■ ','. ' . i. I I 

pending i i in Knox 

.-.m. uiiix now, the formei ii i nion Theological 
Seminary, New i'ork, the latterj in the United 
Presbyterian College, Edinburgh, J.W.Bell is 
taki.ig a complete theological course in Leipsic, 

The Society has adopted a recommendation from 
a special committee to th effect that programmes 
of the public meetings be distributed five days, 
previous to each me. 'tins.:. The programmes will 
be placed in care of the janitor, and it is expected 
students will distribute them to their friends, so 
that tlie meetings maybe better attended by the 
outside public than heretofore. 

Wm. McBride. B.A., '79, is now prosecutin, 
his classical studies at University college, London, 
England, and speaks in very high terms of the 
various classical professi rs, and of the interesting 
and thorough style ol their teaching. The examina- 
tions their are held in June. They have such 
eminent men for examini rs as Paley, Jevon, Dar- 
win, F\ ml, ill, etc. Vbout 50 per cent, in arts are 
plucked each year, and 111 medicine, scarcely ever 
in He than 4 pet cut. pass. The fees for a full 
course ..I classical lectures are from $250 to $275. 

I'm; library of the University of Toronto is 
gradually increasing. In 1859, the number of 
volumes was 14, ..23. Every year since additions 
have been made, an I now the figures stand 22,294. 
Last year 722 volumes were added, a larger num- 
ber than that of any preceding year. The oldest 
book in the library is a copy of Dante, published 
at Venice 111 1492. Another interesting volume is 
a manuscript of the sixteenth century, of Lauren- 
tms Valla, Elegantia Ungues Latins. One proof 
of the usefulness of the library is found in the 
large number of our students who avail themselves 
of its privileges. 

The Glee Club began practice on Monday last, 
with a membership of twenty. Mr. Collins, the 
instructor of last year's class, has been re-engaged 
and will, no doubt, give every satisfaction. After 
the distrib ition of the parts by him, it was appar- 
ent that the first tenors and second basses were 
not so strong as they should De, and additions to 
their number will be welcomed at the practice next 
Monday The music to betaken up to embrace 
glees from the Orpheus series of 4 part songs, from 
which ' Soldiers Love ' and ' Evening,' he two 
t '. n on Monday were selected. Though the con- 
versazione is not to be hell, it is hoped that 
arrangements will be made, so that the club may 
appear at some of the public meetings of the 

One of our students sends in the following : 

i leing detained in Cobourg Friday night, Decem- 
ber 13th last, I found my way to a public meeting 
of the Student's Society of Victoria College he'd in 
' Alumni Hall.' An admission fee is charged by 
the Victorians at public meetings (one for 15c two 
for 25c). The programme is more varied than the 
one University College pjeases to put before the 

public, embracing music, a recitation, an essay and 
the debate ; a glee club of about 12 voices had a 
wonderful effect in redeeming the entertainment 
from the dulness into which mere debating and 
reading essays throws an audience. Four lively 
pieces were sung by the club, and they were nearly 
all encored. Fifteen minutes is allowed to each 
speaker, and the speeches seem to have been pre- 
pared so as to occupy the prescribed time to a 
nicety. Some of the speakers had just gone through 
their remarks as the bell began to sound (for a bell 
in an unknown quarter of the room sounds the 
periods). Tne speaking was good, and in no re- 
spects inferior to what is heard at a public meeting 
in our own societies, and sides are not lead by H V 
or M.A.'s, but by the students themselves. The 
attendance was nearlv equal to the si?e of the hall. 
md I beliet < 1 hi numbei .4 I idies pn eni 
r. tei 11 1 tin • l of tl enci 


Men of the fourth year, now that they are ap-' 
proaching graduation, are beginning to realize that 
life is before them. At least they are constantly 
being asked what have you been learning ? and what 
are you going to do ? Their position is thus de- 
picted by a writer in the current number of the 
Chronicle (Ann Arbor) ; 

Probably there are very few of us but during 
the last vacation were besieged by some super- 
annuated aunt with numerous questions as to our 
purpose in attending college, our studies, and for 
wh a we were fitting ourselves, and probably 
very few satisfactory answers were given. It we 
answered that we had no profession in view, we 
told that ours was a bad plan that it was a 
bad policy to spend so much time in the acquire- 
ment nt' 1 nowledge that would be ■ ess to us 

The same writer answers these questions. He 
says men do not go to college to collect facts, nor 
do colleges profess to turn out specialists ; they 
only send out men educated to right modes of 
thought, who through association with professors 
and teachers of distinction, are inspired toward 
noble aims, who being college-bred ate all the 
better fitted for any vocation in life, and who are 
able to think, plan, and systematise, for themselves. 
As another writer in the same paper says it is mental 
discipline which is the most important result of 
college work. Neither of the writers in question 
forgets that many men do not come up to this stan- 
dard, but this, they say, is mostly owing to the in- 
dolence of the student himself. 

science man this decision was almost overturned 
In fact his amendment was carried by a small 
majority, but, as an alleged ambiguity and vague- 
ness in the wording was discovered only 
after it had been carried, a re-consideration was 
called for, and subsequent revelations decided the 
majority of the meeting to adopt the recommenda- 
tion of the general committee. 

Wednesday was recommended as the evening on 
which to hold the regular meetings of the associa- 
tion, but this was changed to Saturday. 

The first ordinary meeting was held on Wednes- 
day evening last, and after the preliminary business, 
I >r Croft was called upon to preside,. On taking 
the chair, he made a few remarks congratulating 
the association on its formation, and wishing it 
every success in its future career. He then prn- 

ci ded to ivi 1 1. 1 m ionit re> ent d 

.■! felli 1 . itdcnl of 1 tin tin 1 elations 

. ! i ;-. I J ; . I I J ,. 1 , 

indigo and uric acid, which alter considerably the 
hitherto received opinions. 

A paper was then read by Mr. R. F. Ruttari on 
the new process of imbedding in albumen. Mr 
Ruttan had made preparations illustrative of the 
difficult steps in the process, which clearly showed 
the superiorty of this imbedding mass over others 
hitherto employed. He explained very clearly two 
methods, one using both the white and yolk of the 
egg, ami the other using only the white, and enum- 
erated all the details of manipulation, which he had 
found by experiment to give the best results. The 
paper was an interesting and instructive one, and 
on taking his seat, the reader was applauded. 

The last item on the programme was the readme 
of part of an article by Dr. Muir, on the subject of 
the elementary nature of the so-called elements b\ 
Mi. A. McGill 

A vote of thanks was tendered to Dr. Croft for 
his kindness in presiding over the first meeting of 
the association, for his interesting and valuable 
lecture, and JforJ his words encouragement and 
promise of support. The roll showed twenty-three 
members present. The programme of the 
next 'meeting on Saturday evening, the 31st 
inst., is : a paper on Edison's discoveries, by Mr. 
G. G. S. Lindsey ; a paper on Fungi and Agricul- 
ture by Mr. G. H. Carveth ; and a discussion on 
the basis of our knowledge of Geology and Pala;on 
tology to be introduced by Mr. A. B. Davidson 


A business meeting oi tins association was held 
on the evening of Saturday, the 17th inst, to dis- 
cuss the draft of a constitution brought in from tin- 
general committee, As the main object of this 
association is not to wrangle about points of order, 
and pull their constitution to pieces, this business 
was transacted with comparatively little trouble, 
and the general committee's draft was adopted with 
a few amendments. Indeed, the only point on which 
there seemed to be much difference of opinion was 
whether the membership should be open only to 
graduates and under-graduates in the honor course 
in natural sciences, or whether it should include all 
who are interested in any way in the study of 
natural science in any of its branches The meet- 
ing at which the association was established 
decided to limit the membership to the former, and 
this was recommended by the general committee ; 
but by the vigorous efforts of a prominent natural 


A case of nine first-class microscopes reached the 
school a short time ago. This is a step in the right 
direction, and means that this school is determined 
not to be out-done by any other medical institution 
in the Dominion. Every one knows the immense 
value a good microscope in the examination of the 
minute organisms of nature. It is decidedly of 
more importance to the pathologist in his studies 
on diseased states. 

Mr. H. Montgomery. M.A , was appointed by 
the Faculty as lecturer on Botany and Zoology, a 
a position which he has very successfully filled 
during the present session. 

The final class this year is large, and promises 
to be one of more than average standing, and 
contains many who intend competing for the 

The following gentlemen, who are either grad- 
uates or undergraduates in arts, are attending 
medical lectures: P. H. Bryce, M.A., H. W. Aikins, 
B.A., W. Fletcher, M.A.. H. Montgomery, M.A., 
A. Davidson, S. J. Dolsen, and J. Ferguson. This 
certainly speaks well for the estimation in which 
this school is held by the members of another and 
distinguished educational centre. 

The good effects of the new curriculum are being 
felt. It tends to do away largely with so much 
didactic teaching ; and imports far more of the 
practical and clinical system. I hope the Senate 
may still further improve in this direction. 


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Mourn ammonites, mourn o'er his funeral urn, 
Whose neck ye must grace no more ; 
Gneiss, Granite and Slate ! be settled your date, 
And his ye must now deplore. 

Weep caverns, weep ! with infltering drip, 
Your recesses he'll cease to explore ; 
For mineral veins and organic remains 
No stratum again will he bore. 

Oh ! his wit shone like crystal ! his knowledge profound, 

From Gravel to Granite descended ; 

No trap could deceive him, no slip could confound, 

Nor specimen true or pretended. 

He knew the birth-rock of each pebble so round, 

And how far its tour had extended. 

Where shall we our great Professor inter, 

That in peace may rest his bones ? 

If we hew him a rocky sepulchre 

He'll rise and break the stones, 

And examine each stratum that lies around, 

For he's quite in his element under ground. 

If with mattock and spade his body we lay 

In the common alluvial soil, 
He'll start up and snatch those tools away 

Of his own geological toil. 
In a stratum so young the Professor disdains 
That embedded should be his organic remains. 

Then exposed to the drip of some case-hard'ning spring 

His carcase let Stalactite cover, 

And to Oxford the petrified Sage let us bring 

When he is encrusted all over ; 

There 'mid the Mammoths and Croc idiles high on a shelf | 

Li I him stand as a monument raised to himself. 


The interest in this question does not abate ; 
recent events point in its favor.. Among these may 
be mentioned the adoption of the matriculation ex- 
amination of the University of Toronto by Victoria 
university. True this has been dictated by self- 
interest rather than a desire to further the idea of 
consolidation. The Cobourg people noticed that 
at the high schools the majority of pupils were pre- 
paring for our matriculation, and that, conse- 
quently, the masters were giving more attention to 
it than to that of the other universities. Accor- 
dingly in their own interest they made their en- 
trance examination to correspond with the one that 
prevails here. A high school master writing to the 
Globe recently urges the other universities to follow 
the example. Adopting the same subjects of ex- 
amination, then, may be considered as one step 
toward consolidation. A next and more important 
step isto send all eandidates to the same examiners. 
If the subjects are the same, why not at least 
matriculate before the same examiners ? Some 
arrangement might be made whereby the examina- 
tion for matriculation could be held at several 
points besides Toronto, say, for instance, at Ottawa > 
Kingston, Cobourg, Hamilton and London. A 
uniformity in matriculation is the first step toward 
consolidation. Let the other universities adopt the 
matriculation of Toronto as a matter of self-interest 
and they may then see their way clear to still 
further advances. It is by some gradual change 
such as this rather than by any sweeping measure 
that will do away with the present state of affairs. 
The denominational institutions must be brought 
to see that it is to their interest to come in. 

Another noteworthy event is an article in the 
Rouge et Noir (Trinity College) on 'a national 
university.' The writer admits that such a thing is 
desirable, that six corporations in Ontario em- 
powered to grant degrees is an unsatisfactory and 
confusing state of affairs, and that relief is to be 
sought in affiliation. He would have a central- 
board (the university) elected by the colleges con- 
jointly to examine all candidates and grant degri e : 

J. J- 

Two of Longfellow's daughters arc pursuing the 
Harvard course of study for women 



RoiiH .iid custom. 

i/ius, Act I, Sec. i. 

Ibid, Ac: III, Sc.i. 
The practical man has always been i 

pponent of progress, in 

'sentimentalist, 'Utopian.' And we may 

in. foi he is an honest fellow, and an 
indu I iut then ral r« asons whj 

pi i tnted, however poorly evi- 

denced, and vi nerate the established however obvi- 
ouslj rhei re the want of time to find 

thing betl i md a morb.d love for 

.i in tain amount of m t read o tei ror- 

This last is a I'm ni lit the only real paradox ol the 
many thai ml i be | hill opl ii blues and half- 
stai vi I of < barging 

humanity with. It is the same incomprehensible 

uri in a little pain that we have in tearing off 
the in ii thai forms ovei a wound or pulling 

hairs oul oi thi nostril, The satisfaction in these 
contradictions pecially characterises the very 
youn old and when- general, is the first 

any other is engrossing the attention of all mankind 
— future punishment and its influence as a belief on 
morality. But them rful influence is' to be 

science is the department that calls aires ly most 
loudly for reform. The students in this course 
which should be most free from dogma and most 

exerted by our curriculum, not only as to the subject, valuable in iconoclasm, feel themselves most ineom- 

matter of examinations, but the m inner of holding petent to do more at present than stick to the text 

i can be no doubt, as l'rof. Muller i books, to* make full marks,' as a recent well-known 

points out, that ex. mi > itions on text-books have a gra luate used to express it; and they most keenly 

terribly levelling effect. Of course we lean what perceive to how little real knowledge or real 

book says. If we understand it, so much thi mental training lull marks testify. Now, were 

: for us ; but the examiner neither knows or it compulsory for a student at some time during 

cares. How are we to avoid this ? Abolish exami his career to take a course in inductive logic, ami 

nations i'es, lome; let there be two universit) to devote himself to chemistry or natural hist 

examinations — one for entrance, the other for a or geology and assaying, in his fourth year, he 

. Meantime let the college examinations be might know more of science and know it better; 
: let the professors be the examiners' he could study and appreciate the important 
and lei them follow the example of one, who, to his i discussed, and form intelligent opinions 
honor be it said, had the sense and courage to regardin then each a point at which the 
declare on a paper : ■ Intelligent originality will be university, in | [ree might con- 
appreciated.' fidentl; say: 

_. ,, ., , , it .u Ne tc avasiveris extra.' 

Finally, as to the actual course. Here the senate 

of the university has shown itself progressive, and 

on the right path. The most prominent features in 

the curriculum of 1877 are raising the standard oi 

entran e, and differentiation of the subsequent 

The Museum Owl. 


sign thai a nation is becoming effet. It an 3 ■ course This is true evolution, as Herbert Spen er „ ls hardly necessary to say to tin 

the prevalence ol this admiration of the defines it. ' a change from an indefinite incoherent rj niversity College that the pass course is thought 
mysterious hi him go to the next spiritualistic or 
prestidigitateur entertainment that favors Toronto, 

■ 1 11 itice how the lower classes in England regard 

a certain ' Hebrew conjurer,' 

In tins country, as in all recently founded nation- 
alities, there has been no time or no money for 
anything but hard work with the tools ami materials 
! from more advanced civilizations. The 
have not been active in reform is the first 
of these mentioned. As intimated, the last seems 
to be powerful in declining or stand-still com- 
munities. The other — laziness — always affects a 
large number of the population, who only change 
when a softer couch has been prepared for them. 

We are now prepared to regard the recent article 
in the Contemporary Review on Freedom, by Prof 
Max Muller, in its bearing upon ourselves. He 
sees very clearly the evidence of healthy and pro- 
gressive society in variety ot opinion, and while 
believing that J. S. Mill was mistaken in the cause, 
he still dreads a Chinese-mandarin uniformity from 
the influence of the past. Everything in England 
seems to point to such an event where, in politics at 
least, one party rails itself conservative and the 
other rates it for not being so. How is it with us ? 
We have now got rich enough to take breath and 

.enity.' Tins is the condition of the passman, ||y .„,„„.",,, ,„. a somewhat despised .node of 
and always will be; chaos that mistakes itself for 
omniscience. The honor courses are being re- 

luation ; and unless one is an •honor man' 
h( does not mean much in the students' class list 
moved moreand more in each successive curriculum [ This h appears to mC| is a gre;it mistake . 

from such a state. A ^specialization ensues that 
has all the arguments at its back that commend the 
division of labour, plus the inestimable benefits of 
permitting students to pursue subjects in which 
the) take an interest — 'to utilize their hobbies;' 
as a consequence of securing their attention and 
actually inspiring them with a love of know ledge '• 
and, above all, of giving them an opportunity of 
forming independent opinions, in marked contiast 
with the necessarily derived and indistinct views of 
the dabbler. A senate so liberal and so wise in tin- 
past is not likely to become suddenly blind to the 
signs of the times. In a few years they will again 
perceive the necessity of a farther jaunt in the same 
direction. The enormous educational activity of 
the province is too manifest to escape their notice , 
and they will take advantage of it, and do away 
with junior matriculation and the first year, making 
the present senior matriculation examination neces- 
sary for entrance, with the addition 'perhaps of a 
Greek play and inorganic chemistry. Then those 
who intend to be professional scholars of langu 

think just a moment, and we are all for change. , and to teach them, can pursue those courses un- 
In Cannda, both political parties call themselves trammelled. Those who have other aims can well 
1, and vie with each other in originating pro- i aft ' ord to let them have tw0 scholarships to one in 
gressive measures. Again. P. ot Muller points to the other departments. They will retain, with some 
the universities and shows how inadequately they additions perhaps, the present work in the second 

perform their most valuable functions — of encour- 
aging tree enquiry and breaking down the idols set 
up by early dogmatic teaching. Here again we are 
progressive. We have specialized our university 
e to a high degree and made subjects other 
than purely scholastic on< optional with candidates 
for degrees, ltefore our literary society questions 
are di bated that men can really take an interest in 
We have already heard something -too little, alas; 
— on a vital problem in political economy. In a 
week we shall discuss the subject that more than 

year, and largely in the third, in the scientific 
courses (mathematical, natural, mental, moral and 

There are four real professions into which our 
graduates can betake thi mselves law, thei I 

me, and g • ■ 1 ,- 1 .1 1 teaching. Now, to one who 
intends to teach a special sort of woik an hi 
course is well suited. Is this true of the other 
three professions ? I think not, William Pitt 
used to define an educated man as ' one who knew 
a little about everything and everything about 
something.' If, then, a graduate enters either of 
the three regular professions he can have ample 
opportunities of getting his full measurement taken; 
and att. lining to the highest position as a specialist. 

The real object of an art s course is to impart a 
general and useful store of learning and a sound 
mental training. The former can be best secure 1 
by a variety of studies ; the latter, from any sub- 
ject carefully and accurately prepared. Thus the 
pass course bj no means appears in so unfavour- 
able a light as on a hasty view it might. 

There is something in a name, however, and few 
like to be called ' pass men, as that rathei refl 
on their abilities in a mannei nol agreeabli to 
youthful ambition. Might it not be well for the 
Senate to take the sixth graduating department 
Undei their protection and favour; and inak 
ami "int of woi I ible equal to an 

honor department, with the same pen. ni 

\tli r having done this, attach to I ihips 

and medals to no awarded to those taking highest 
average stand, and change the name from 'the 

political science), and in the last year live wholly | pass' to the g< nei il proficiency course. 
in the region of free investigation, whether by ex- Were tins done. 1 feel sine that it would be the 

periment or wide reading, with a view to having popular department. Many would enter it be. 

, • • i- it ., its varied nature would rendei it more congenial 

their originality tested. In mathematics there is " 

' to their tastes than an exclusive ci ling at 

plenty of choice— astronomy, light, kinetics, eti ,.„. same ,,,,„. ,,„.,, industry should meel with a 

In what we now call loosely ' metaphysics," there suitable reward A reform in tins direction is 

might come the much-mooted differentiation oi the <" ' led, and the feeling is 1 ertainly growing that it 

.... . , . should be ;rante 1. 1 do nol say that the pi 

course in political , onomy, his t ..n ,,,„., ( ,,„,.,_,,.,,-, ,,. , m suitable modi- 

and the foundation of jurisprudence. But natural tication of it could easily be drafted. F. 



While I fully agree with the article which ap- 
peared under this title in the White and Blue of 
the 17th inst., I think there is still a question 
which merits consideration. It has been ray 
opinion ever since I entered college that the work 
of the first year belonged more properly to high 
schools than to a university. I believe, further, 
that if this work were performed by them a three- 
year university course would be more advantage- 
ous than a four-year course under the present cur- 
riculum. But this latter change does not 
compel the reduction of the course to three years, 
and it remains to be decided whether a three-year 
course would be more beneficial than one of four 
years under a new arrangement. There are 
various points from which this might be viewed, 
but I think that from all of them the decision will 
be in favor of the longer course. 

In the first place, the work at present on the cur- 
riculum for the second, third and fourth years is 
much too heavy, and could be spread over four 
years, still giving more to each than the student of 
average ability could accomplish. The object of 
college training, as understood by our Senate, 
seems to be just the opposite of that advanced in 
your last issue, for the students are compelled to 
devote themselves entirely to the cramming of 
facts. Of course they may neglect these, and 
devote part of their time to reflection, but who 
will do this when he knows that it is not the best 
thinker ; but the one with the best knowledge of 
the/acts contained in his work, who will stand at 
the head of the class list. This is a point wherein 
examinations nearly always fail — few examiners 
having the requisite skill in asking questions. The 
examinations being of this nature, the present 
amount of work is perhaps necessary to afford a 
fair trial to those competing for medals and scholar- 
ships. That excess of work is an evil and injuri- 
ous to our mental training few will deny; should 
this evil then be continued for the accommodation 
of a system the benefits of which have always been 
considered doubtful ? . 

This reduction of the work would also allow the 
students time to enjoy the advantages for general 
study which the library and museums afford ; from 
which, as the University possesses no fellowships, 
nearly all the students alter graduating are prac- 
tically excluded. 

I cannot say, however, that I have any expecta- 
tion of a change which pi reduction in the 
amount of our work meeting with approval in the 
Senate since all the late changes made by it are in 
an opposite direction. For this reason I would 
est another v.av in which benefit could be 
derived by the transfi 1 oi tin first yeai work to the 
high schools. Let the di i.A. be Coiifil led 
at the encl of the third year, and a post-graduate 
if one year be added for the degree of M A 
I his would give a real value to this degree which 
it has not at present, but could not now be done 
without increasing the -'if' o( pi ifessors. The 
change proposed would entirely remove this 
culty and leave our professors time to undertake 
the work. 





Friend * * Between ouiselves, Socrates, he (Alcibiades) 
is a man, and is now getting a pretty thick beard. 

Socrates— But what of that ? Do you not approve of 
Homer, who says that the most graceful age is that of a 
youth with his first beard ? Protag. of Plato. 

Without entering into the merits of the discus- 
sion in the above quotation, we hasten to announce 
to any of our readers who contemplate building 
that the corner which existed in hair for plaster- 
ing purposes has been broken. Anticipating a 
demand for brick in the construction of the new- 
parliament buildings a real ' hum ' pervades the 
brickyards of Yorkville and Leslieville ; but by a 
well known principle of political economy which 
governs the production of such an article no great 
increase in price follows an increased demand. In 
the matter of plasterers' hair, however, it is dif- 
ferent. It takes time to increase the supply of 
hides from which [the hair is generally got. Con- 
sequently, on the announcement of the intention 
of Mr. Mowat to erect new parliament buildings, 
and in prospect of a large general demand for hair, 
its price suddenly rose, and a few wealthy dealers 
by vigorous action secured the control of the 
market and created a corner in the trade. Things 
were getting desperate ; the country was looking 
for deliverance from monopoly. Nor did the people 
look in vain. For as the Roman matrons are 
reported to have taken off their jewels and orna- 
ments and thrown them in the public treasury in 
the hour of the city's trial, even so a noble band 
of Canadian youth have stepped into the breach 
and offered up on the razors of their fathers their 
• first beard,' that which in the eyes of Socrates 
made them ' most graceful.' 

The resident students held a meeting last Satur- 
day night to discuss the situation. They realized 
the dire calamity that hung over the building trade. 
The suggestion that a ' clean shave ' all round 
would ease the market was no sooner made than it 
was acted upon. For the next hour no other sound 
could be heard about the Residence, so great was 
the din of rasping grindstones and the song of the 
razor and the strop. Lather was consumed in 
tubful's. But the hair famine was averted. 
Throughout Sunday the hair was permitted to lie 
about the Residence, but on Monday the builders 
and plasterers were busy carting it away. There 
was such a plenty of it that the buyers refused to 
take any hair that was less than three-eights of an 
inch in length. As a consequence the down taken 
from the face of the freshmen was carried out to 
the 'quad' and set fire to. When the students 
mbled in the dining-room the next morning 
1I1 ■ sighl of the smooth-fa' ed youth astonished no 
oni 50 much as themselves. They who but the 
day before were heavy-bearded had great blue 
patches on their faces, while those who had been 
used to twirl their luxuriant moustaches when 
waiting to be served had to content themselves 
with running their fingers ovei the denuded loca- 
lity . 1 to odd appi aram e ol the sm ioth.-ficed 
in the lecture rooms on Monday and SUi (ling 
davs was much commented on by tin; out si ' 
At first they could not understand what was the 
matter. However, as the week tolled on the 
sprouts began to app< tr, and the fai es oi the ban I 
in to assume a stubblcd aspect, lint it will be 

ome tirm bel >re the memorj ol the ' clean-shave 
of the Residence will be forgotten, 


From the report of the Minister of Education we 

learn that in Ontario there are 104 High Schools. 

The head' masters of these are thus distributed 

among the universities : — 

Toronto 39 

Victoria 23 

Queen's 10 

Trinity 6 

McGill 4 

Trinity (Dublin) 5 

Albert 1 

Aberdeen 3 

Others 13 

It is to be hoped that in the next report the 

universities of the under-masters will also be given 


Cannot something be done to fit up the gymna- 
sium ? As it appears that the Council can do 
nothing, I think the undergraduates should put 
their shoulders to the wheel and raise the money. 
The sum needed is $300 or $350, and if nearly 
five hundred undergraduates, together with the 
alumni residents in the city, cannot raise this 
sum, it shows that an energetic spirit is sadly want- 
ing in this University. But I do not think such is 
the fact, for as an experiment I asked several of the 
students and ex-students what they would subscribe 
towards this fund, and got fifteen names with sums 
ranging from five to two dollars attached without 
difficulty. Let the Secretary then call another 
meeting, as only by agitating the matter can any 
thing be done. B. 

The glee club might see their way to giving a 
concert in aid of the gymnasium fund. I read that 
the Yale glee club has been very successful in this 
direction. Third Year. 


The glee club of the American college go into 
singing with a zest. We notice that the clubs of 
Harvard and Yale are both to appear in New York 
to give concerts, while some other colleges are 
down for a week's starring throughout the states. 
The music used is for the most part of a light 
nature, and college choruses appear to take best. 
We must have a chorus here to keep abreast of 
our cousins, so wake up, ye musicians, and com 
pete for the Society's prize of five dollars fa 
college song ! 

Only 75 of the 200 freshmen of Yale passed their 
entrance examination without conditions. 

The freshmen at Williams have a In ass band, 

1 iartmouth is to have a law department. 

ELDERLY gentleman to a freshman on the train 
You don't have no ticket.' 'No, I travel on my 
good looks.' ' Then,' after looking him ov ■>', 'pro- 
bably you ain't goiu' very far. 

Tin, founder's festival at McGill College on the 
23rd inst.. proved very successful. It was ol the 
nature oi a conversazione. A feature ol the 
musical programme was teveral chorus 1 b) the 

\l Gill university and the university oi Halifax 
;rant degrees in : ii n e. 

A motion is before the University of 11 ilil 1 . ; 
throw open all its examinations to women, rhe 
Dalhousic Gazett, (Halifax) favor* the co-educa- 
tion oi thj sexes, and says the coining ill oi .vomeii 
will repress anyteadancy to rovvJ} 1 a mg the 





Tlmse who have not yet paid their subscription 
to the White and Blue will oblige by doing so 
as early as possible. The money may be remitted 
to the business manager, or handed in to any 
member of the staff. 


It has long been evident from the repeated peti- 
tions to the College Council, in reference to the 
Michaelmas Examinations, that the undergraduates 
desire some change in the regulations affecting 
them. This change, never formally demanded, 
would probably abolish the Xmas examinations 
altogether, if made in a measure to fully satisfy the 
students ; but they, with a keen sense, both of the 
augustness and conservatism oi the Council, have 
never framed a petition to effect that purpose. 
However, individuals, and at times, whole classes 
have been exempted from attendance at these 
examinations, and in all cases the absolving plea 
has been the same — that, so short is the Michael, 
mas term, there has not been time to prepare the 

Now, a remedy could be applied to invaliadase 
this recurring statement, if the Council were to 
lengthen the Michaelmas term by a month. The 
change would of course shorten the Easter term by 
the same time, and would prove beneficial in many 
ways. A months' grace would be allowed those 
who take charge of our sports, to do justice to our 
college and to themselves : a months' additional 
time would be given those whose minds are some- 
what distracted at the opening of the session, to 
compose themselves to work; and the ambitious fresh 
man would have four weeks more to overtake the 
years' work before Christmas (the freshmen will 
appreciate our attempts at legislation on their 
behalf). But would not the increase in the length 
of the term involve an increase in the extent of 
reading to be done ? Certainly, but the reason so 
many are behind with their work at Xmas, is, that 
they lose time at the opening of term ; and the 
longer the term is made, the longer such will have 
to overtake the work. 

But the change recommended would be welcome 
and salutary for other reasons. September is no^ 
particularly pleasing as a holiday month, and many 
of our students spend it in study ; while May, 
when we are expected to come, with our hearts 
in our mouths, to the examination hall, would be. 
rationally spent, if, enjoying la belle saison, we 
could therein await the results of the examining 
ordeal passed through in the preceding month. 
Every one knows how strong the temptation is to 
shirk an examination on a day which promises every 
enjoyment outside, while in the hall, one can expect 
only sweltering misery. May is a series of such 
days ; April has none of them, for anyone would 
prefer a plucking from an examiner to a dress- 
ing of April mud. 

Then, too, our college pastimes would be better 
patronized, and while we are far from wishing to 
see our college, like some nameless ones, a mere 
training-school for athletes, we think that a little 

more attention to athletics would benefit many of 
our students. We should all guard against being 
such intellectual gluttons, as altogether to shun 
manly exercises, while acquiring knowledge. 

The College Council has ignored our petition for 
aid to furnish a gymnasium, and our year's exercise 
must be taken during the Michaelmas term in the 
popular game — foot-ball. If the change we are 
advocating were made, our foot-ball team would 
have ample time to fit itself to carry off the highest 
honors; and one more" month would be given the 
students to fortify themselves for the winter's work, 
as foot-ball seems doomed to have a monopoly of 
our patronage as an exercise ; and, again, the winter 
term would last a month less and there would con- 
sequently be less chance of any of our men break- 
ing down. But so many are the advantages which 
this change would secure our students, that space 
would not permit their enumeration, and we only 
express the hope that the College Council will 
wisely consider, and adopt our suggestion. The 
reform, while it will be welcomed by the students 
as the granting of a much desired boon, will at the 
same time conservate the regulations of the College, 
and will make its life more beneficial to us physi- 
cally, socially, and intellectually. L. 


At the regular meeting last night (the president 
in the chair) the house committee reported a set of 
rules to govern the reading room, and in favor of 
letting out the back numbers of the magazines to 
members. Both reports were adopted. A clause 
in the latter report, that a fee of fifty cents be 
chaged for the privilege of taking out the magazines 
as recommended, was struck out. Any member of 
the society can now take out for a week any of the 
back numbers of the magazines by applying to the 
member in charge between three and four. The 
managing committee of the college journal also 
reported that the White and Blue would be in 
a position to pay its way. The open debate was 
adjourned for two weeks, after a hard fight on the 
part of a great number who were anxious to see it 
come off, even at the late hour at which it was 
called. A committee — Messrs. Ballantyne, Shortt, 
Laldlaw, McDougall and H. B. Wright— was 
appointed to conduct the arrangements in connec- 
tion with the coming organ recitals. 

The next public meeting will take place on the 
20th February. The speakers (all undergraduates) 
are Messrs, Jackson, Gilmour, Ballantyne, and 
Davis ; the reader, T. E. Inglis ; essayist, D. B. 


Glee Club practice on Monday at five. 

Dr. Ellis has resumed hisdutiesin thelaboratory 
at the School of Practical Science. 

Weather permitting there will be football 
(association rules) practice this afternoon. 

A Committee is likely soon to be appointed to 
revise the constitution of the Society. 

Mr. J. A. Jaffray, of the third year, is teaching 
mathematics in Weston high school. 

J. M. Hunter, B.A., '79, modern language master 
in Barrie high school, was married recently. 

In the Ontario Estimates for 1880, is an item of 
$4,359, for the School of Practical Science building. 

Lieut. Manley was drilling company K. last 
night. The attendance might have been been better 

F. F. Manley, M.A., has been promoted to the 
first lieutenancy of the University Company of the 
Queen's Own, 

J. C. F. Bown, B.A., Brantford, visited the Col- 
lege on Thursday. He was down passing his inter- 
mediate examination in law. 

The annual dinner of K Company (University 
rifles), will be held at the National Club next 
Friday evening. The uniform to be worn. 

Alex. Shields, B.A., '79, has been teaching since 
September last modern languages in Mount Forest 
high school. He, too, was recently married. 

W. G. Wallace, B. A., '79, is at the head of Beams- 
ville high school. His department is classics. 
When an undergraduate he taught in the same 

There will be a meeting in room 4, College 
residence, on Monday, at four o'clock, to consider 
the advisability of organizing a Rowing Club, in 
connection with this college. 

In the card of thanks addressed to the contribu 
tors to the company prizes for their annual rifle 
match, the name of Rev. Professor Young was in- 
advertently omitted. The Secretary desires to make 
amend for the omission of one of the most liberal 
contributors to our prize fund. 

Professor Kingston, director of the Toronto 
Observatory, and superintendent of the Meteoro- 
logical Department, has been superanuated, and 
will be succeeded by Mr. Carpmael, at present his 
deputy. Mr. Carpmael is a distinguished graduate 
of Cambridge, and one of the examiners in mathe- 
matics of this University. 

The air in some of our over-crowded lecture 
rooms recalls the story of the professor who was 
in the habit of remarking, when a change in classes 
took place in his room : ''Mr. Jones, will you please 
open the window and let the remains of the senior 
class out ot the room ?'' There was a scientific 
truth in this witticism. 

At the business meeting of the Y. M. C. A. held 
on Saturday last Mr. Geo. Inglis was elected to fill 
the office of secretary-treasurer vacated by the 
resignatfon of Mr. D. Hague who remains at home 
the first two or three months of this term. The 
absence"of Mr. Hague is much regretted by the 
association, as he was one of its most active 

The glee club promises to do exceedingly well, 
and to be very popular this year. At the regular 
practice on Monday last, some additions were 
made to the roll, and it is now expected that there 
will be about twenty-five active members. The 
four parts are well balanced with the exception of 
the first tenor, which is yet weak ; and any gentle- 
man who has a high voice, will confer a benefit on 
the club by joining next Monday. None need be 
intinidated from joining on account of the fee, which 
will be very small. The club will practice some 
choruses for the Company dinner at their next 
meeting, and will throughout the winter appear at 
the concerts mentioned below. 

A series of organ recitals by Mr. Fisher, the 
talented organist of St. Andrew's church, will be 
given in Convocation Hall this term, commencing 
on Saturday, February 13th. The College Council 
has generously granted the use of the hall for the 
the purpose, and a fine Warren organ will be set 
up on the dais at once. It is Mr. Fisher's inten- 
tion to give four recitals, on alternate Saturday 
afternoons, and the literary society will assume 
charge of the entertainment and will issue invi- 
tations. In the absence of conversazione these 
concerts will prove a means, which we are sure 
will be welcome to the students, for their entertain- 
ing and returning to some degree the kindness of 
their Toronto friends. 

The White and Blue. 

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University College. 


Knox college football team are having their pic- 
ture taken to-day. 

The glee club will practice on Monday afternoon. 
A large attendance requested. 

The Knox college students will hold a conver- 
sazione on the evening ot Friday, the 20th inst. 

I'm in Durance vile, as the oyster said when he 
was swallowed by the janitor. 

Trinity college students extended an invitation 
to the officers of our literary society to attend their 
aunual conversazione. 

There will be a meeting of the Senate of tha 
University in a few days to appoint the examiners 
for 1880. 

Dr. McCaul's lectures on epigraphy commenced 
on Thursday, all the honor classical men of the 
fourth year being present. 

More reading-room accommodation will soon be 
required in connection with the library. The seats 
in both rooms are often occupied. 

The Canadian society at Princeton, on the 23rd 
of December last, gave a reception to Messrs. 
Galloway and Hunter, senior students of Union 
Seminary and formerly of Knox College, Toronto, 
when on a visit to that seat of learning. 

The Rouge ct Noir regrets that the Rugby foot- 
ball clubs in Ontario (at least ten in number) have 
not followed the example of the Association clubs 
and started a central association, which would 
settle disputes, arrange matches, &c, and calls on 
our club to join Trinity in such an organization. 

The thirteen ' immortals ' who make up the fourth 
year-class in metaphysics are going to have them- 
selves photographed, and have appointed next 
Saturday for the sitting. The men in moderns of 
the same year have made similar arrangements. 
Both groups wiil include their professors. The 
' immortals " may daily be seen ' posing ' in antici- 
pation of Saturday next. 

Passmen taking two examinations, or honor men 
taking one examination, in natural science, are 
denied membership of the Natural Science Asso- 
ciation. Only honor men in naturals are admitted. 
A passman informs us that the association has an 
inside guard, an outside guard, a grip, and a pass- 
word, and says that he overheard two of its mem- 
bers discussing where they might borrow a goat. 

Knox College has welcomed back W. A. 
Hamilton, M.A., who graduated at this Univer- 
sity in 1877. Mr. Hunter has been studying in 
Union Theological Seminary, New York, and 
doubtless profited greatly by his American ex- 
perience and theological training, but he is a 
thorough Canadian and wished to complete his 
studies at home : hence his return to Knox. 

In the Ontario Assembly Mr. Badgerow has given 
notice of motion for a return shewing: — 1. The 
original nature and amount of the endowment of 
King's College, afterwards the University of 
Toronto ; 2. All changes made from time to time 
in the manner of investing the funds of the trust 
and the amount at present invested ; 3. All expen- 
ditures on capital account made out of the endow- 
ment up to the close of 1879 ; 4. The income 
derived each year from the fund from the year 1853 
to 1879 inclusive ; 5. The expenditure, excepting 
that on capital account, for each year from 1870 to 
1879 inclusive, specifying the proportions debited 
to the university and the college respectively ; and 
6. The items of the current expenditure in detail 
for the years 1878 and 1879. Also, for a return 
containing the minutes of all the university of 
Toronto during the year 1879. 


They say Vassar girls are never so happy as when 
allowed to go down to the river and paddle around 
the buoys. 

President McCosh has the most elegant man- 
sion of any college president, the gift of the Phila- 
delphia Stuarts. 

The female element of Oberlin literary societies 
has resolved upon offering the faculty $2,000 for 
the erection of a new society room. 

A Freshman says that as soon as he getsout of 
college he is going to write a book entitled, Life 
at Yale, or four years in the Saddle. 



We are all of us too prone to treat things super- 
ficially, to lose sight of realities and take up with 
shams. This thought naturally occurs to any one 
who has sat out a few of the late meetings of our 
college debating society. All idea of the original 
purpose of this institution seems to have been lost. 
Yet the name which it bears, the Literary and 
Scientific Society, would seem to show that it was 
intended in some remote past to concern itself 
with the consideration of questions of literary and 
scientific interest. The mistake of our predecessors, 
however, consisted in their inability to forecast 
coming events. Sharing the simple innocence of 
those forgotten times, they ridiculously imagined 
that the discussion of literary and scientific ques- 
tions would prove as interesting to their more 
enlightened successors as to themselves. But let 
us not be unjust to our forerunners. Rude won- 
men as they were, they yet left us a priceless 
heritage. They left us a constitution, which pro- 
mises to be at no distant date — nay, which is now — 
the most perfect in the world. Macaulay boasted 
on several occasions of the unrivalled perfection of 
the British constitution ; but let us not be hard 
upon Macaulay's errors. His chances were limited. 

This constitution of ours is unquestionably our 
glory ; but, perfect as it is, certain of our members, 
gifted with an almost superhuman faculty of dis- 
cernment, see many opportunities for improving it. 
It has been decided that our weekly meetings be 
reported in the daily papers. This to me is an 
everyway praiseworthy measure, because as our 
meetings are principally occupied with the discus- 
sion oi our constitution, reports of these various 
meetings would diffuse among mankind a know- 
ledge of the most perfect system of laws in existence. 
What glorious results may thus be brought about 
who can tell ? A long procession of distant ages 
may look back with reverence to this society of 
ours as to the dawn of all their wisdom. The 
great historical problems of the future may be to 
determine the respective effects upon human affairs 
of such momentous institutions and events as the 
French Revolution, the various socialist societies, 
and the Literary and Scientific Society of Univer- 
sity College, Toronto. The heroes and patriots of 
those days will doubtless form themselves upon 
types, which are now in the flesh and dwelling 
among us. 

But we must not let this generous and ennobling 
ardor carry us away. Let us cling to the main 
fact that an irrepressible legal genius animates a 
small section of our members. Regarded from the 
standpoint of the simple beings who founded the 
society, such genius would appear to merit instan- 
taneous suppression. But consider what a quicken- 
ing and stimulating influence lengthy discussions 
on the duties af the house committee and the 
lending out of magazines will have npon our 
minds ! The subtlety of the serpent will become 
part of our nature. In such discussions what 
finessing and strategy are met by finessing and 
strategy ! What ingenious misconstructions are 
put upon the plainest matters ! How members 
with nothing to say, and no ability to say it, rush 

to the front and display their complete ignorance 
of their own relation to the universe. 

To speak out plainly, it is felt by many, whose 
opinion is entitled to some consideration, that the 
society is being swept away'from its legitimate and 
useful object by a seemingly fathomless influx of 
small talk. The rules of order were meant by the 
men of sense, who first put them forward, to facili- 
tate debating, the end for which the society is 
supposed to exist. But a class of narrow, technical 
minds has since found its way in amongst us,, which 
seems to consider an endless discussion of the con- 
stitution the chief end of the society. If that be 
indeed the case, the members can easily find better 
and more amusing and more instructive occupation 
by joining such an institution as the Toronto 
Reform association, where they will hear men of 
sense discourse on important problems from another 
point of view than that of intellectual babyhood. 
Several times already this year the debate, which 
is really the important part ot the evening's pro- 
gramme, has been crowded out, the time being 
occupied with petty brawling over profoundly un- 
important questions. A small portion of each 
evening, say an hour, should be set apart for these 
trifling constitutional matters; and then the im- 
portant business should be at once proceeded with. 
The society was meant to be a training-school for 
debaters, not for pettifogging attorneys, and the 
sooner this fact is realized the better. 

It may be said with lofty scorn by some one 
that the society is a very small thing, and that there 
is no need of getting into a rage about it. This is 
true ; and human life itself is a small thing. But 
of all the useless things in a useless universe 
small, silly, flat talk is the most useless and pro- 
voking, and should be dealt summarily with. K. 


The suggestion of A. B. with regard to the un- 
dergrads of the fourth year making a pledge to join 
in a re-union ten years hence is one which, I think 
should meet with the approval of all, and no doubt 
most of us will be much pleased if a satisfactory 
agreement is entered into, for as A. B. says, it 
could not fail to be an event of very great interest 
considering the separation near at hand and the 
divergence of pursuits soon to be entered upon in 
the world's wide battle field, and in view of the 
fact that by that time our ideas and relations will 
have undergone what ten years of time can effect. 
With regard to the manner of celebrating the event 
there will be time to think that over. Instead of 
' nunc est bibendum,' perhaps all will by that time 
think something graver more conducive to pleasure, 
for no doubt a ten years' cruise on the sea of life 
will not be without its gales which will tend to 
deepen the feeling of the reality and earnestness of 
life. The theologian and the scientist will be 
able to shake hands over the dispersion of 
the clouds which now obscure the vision of 
both, and congratulate one another over the dis- 
covery of the unity of all truth, theological or 
scientific — the physiologist and the philosopher 
will rejoice that a fuller view is had of the sympathy 
of 'senses and intellect' — the classic and the 
modern will have even a higher appreciation for 
the beauties of the inspiration of the muse, while 

the mathematician's calculations will have struck 
the remotest star. 

But no more 'chateaux en D'Espagne ' — time 
will tell, and what it will say in ten years we want 
to hear. If the care and anxiety of life shall be 
part of our lot, let us for one evening drive dull 
care away by the recollection of the many past 
and pleasant memories of our earlier years, among 
which those passed in the precincts of University 
College have been the best and brightest of the 
past, and may prove to have been the happiest of 
our lives. Hoping all fourth year men will endorse 
the suggestion, I for one intend to be there. 

C. D. 

^'K — 


As some of our readers, we judge, are not aware 
that such a thing exists in University College as an 
Apparatus Room, or, if aware of its existence, have 
no very definite idea of what the term implies, we 
offer here the following brief account of its life :— 

On the removal of Professor Croft, some time ago, 
to the School of Practical Science, the old labora- 
tory and adjoining rooms in which he ' was wont 
to lie encamped' in days gone by, were transferred 
to Professor Loudon, to serve as a future stores 
house for the apparatus which was then on its way 
from Paris. Accordingly the rooms were com- 
pletely overhauled, new skylights put in, and the 
old staircase removed from the inside of the labor- 
atory, the upper portion of the laboratory being 
now used as a dark chamber for optical experi- 
ments, and connected with the side stairs running 
from the hall. 

The floors and walls have undergone a complete 
transformation, and now present quite a respectable 
appearance throughout, the walls having been 
thoroughly cleaned and whitened, and the floors 
smeared with shellac, giving them the appearance 
of polished oak. 

The instruments have been obtained at a great 
cost from Monsieur Lutz, of Paris, the well-known 
optician, and are intended to illustrate the elemen- 
tary laws of heat, light and sound. The instruments 
already out are chiefly acoustical, but the remainder 
are daily expected, and when they have arrived, 
will be located in the old west end reading room. 
The small rooms which Professor Croft used as 
private rooms are chiefly filled with instruments for 
showing the different ways in which sound can be 
produced ; and the walls are hung with framed 
tables showing the construction of scales, and the 
comparative ranges of human voices. 

The large room which formed the laboratory is 
filled with acoustical instruments, stored in glass 
cases, and kept in very fine condition. These 
acoustical instruments consist of sonometers, tun- 
ing-forks, etc., and form the most interesting part 
of the apparatus, and all who are the least inclined 
to exert themselves can easily understand the prin- 
ciples upon which they are constructed. 

Much might be said of the other instruments, 
some of which are too complicated in character for 
ordinary mortals to comprehend, but we fancy our 
readers would rather be spared further description, 
and we therefore would advise them to go and 
observe for themselves. 



One of the features of the new curriculum is the 
evident way in which it discountenances wide 
reading, and encourages men to take one course 
only. Some of the proficiency scholarships have 
been removed altogether, and the rest greatly re- 
duced in value, and a change also made which 
prevents a man holding at the same time a special 
and proficiency scholarship. 

.If the end of one's university career were to be 
the end of one's life, or the department he took at 
the university his profession through life, then this 
course would doubtless be the correct one ; for one 
cannot afford to divide his time between two or 
three professions. But if a university education is 
intended merely to give a man a general knowledge, 
a preliminary training and culture of the mind 
before he enters upon what is to be the business of 
his life, then the course certainly does not seem 
the correct one, A man ought to enter life with an 
evenly balanced mind, not with one side abnormally 
developed. Is it not unfortunate that any man 
with the degree of B.A. should be totally ignorant 
of everything but his own particular subject ? Such 
an education has a strong tendency to make a man 
a pedant. Let him, while at the university, get as 
much general knowledge as possible, and then let 
him afterwards keep up whatever may have the 
most interest for him. As it is, the man himself 
has often very little choice in the matter. In his 
early school-days his master observes in him a 
fancied predilection for some one branch of 
study, and advises him to take this alone, if he 
wishes to obtain university honors ; or he himself 
turns his attention to one particular study either 
from caprice, or because he is acquainted with no 
other. When he comes up to the university all his 
previous training has been in the one direction, and 
he therefore very naturally takes this course while 
there, and often even comes to despise every other 
No encouragement whatever is given to the young 
student to take more than one course. Every one 
tells him ; ' If you wish to be a scholarship man 
read only one department." He at the same time 
thoughtless and ambitious, does not reflect that 
his university course is only the introduction 
to his life and that therefore he ought to 
choose what will best improve his mind, and fit 
him tor his work ; not what may gain him a few 
paltry college honors, which will seem to his mature 
manhood like the rattle of his childish days. 

A university education is of importance, not so 
much for the mere knowledge that it imparts, as for 
the flexibility and breadth it gives the mind by 
brushing away all local prejudices and habits of 
thought and by lifting it out of whatever grooves it 
may have accidentally worked itself into. But is 
there a very great advantage in taking it out of one 
groove only to force it into a larger one ? By wide 
reading, however, the mind undeniably acquires 
this breadth and ' all-round' quality. It learns to 
take a broad and liberal view of everything pre- 
sented to it. It learns to draw comparisons between 
the various branches, and inferences from these 
comparisons. It becomes aware of the fact that 
what was fully believed and defended in one age 
has often been as completely upset in another, and 

so learns to exercise itself by a careful consideration 
of every theory and assertion before adopting it : 
a practice of the most incalculable benefit. Such 
a wide reading, too, makes a man satisfied with his 
work, because he has acquired an education which 
will serve as a solid foundation for whatever special 
study he may afterwards choose to pursue, and 
which, from the very knowledge that it imparts, 
will always be a source of pleasure and profit 
throughout life. Gef. 


One of our students has been ' putting on airs ' 
during the holidays, and ignoring the charms of 
some ' pretty blushing girl ' that he 'once thought 
far above him,' At least the appended letter points 
in that direction ; — 

To the Editok. — It is my opinion that the 
most conceited of all young men is a university 
student. His conceit amounts to something sub- 
lime. He looks as if the earth was too low down 
to walk on, and that a sort of elevated sidewalk 
should be made for his use. In their own estima- 
tion they are perfect heart-smashers ; but I say 
woe to the lady on whom they bestow an hour or 
two of thair educated conversation. It is a well- 
known fact that a woman has a greater respect for 
a man's intellectual abilities than for his physical 
form, when with men it is precisely the opposite.- 
Some one has said that men are won by the eyes 
and women by the ears. Be that as it may, the 
student (I mean a student of the first two years' 
standing) has an idea that he is perfectly irresist- 
able. The village that sends a youth or two to a 
college no doubt repents its folly when the vaca- 
tions come around and they return. Their former 
schoolmates are now altogether too slow and far 
behind the times for association, and the pretty 
blushing girls that they thought so far above them 
in the days gone bye are 'country's,' or some other 
such name, Why cannot young men drop easily^ 
into their places and be thankful they have the 
opportunity of improvement, and still keep their 
feet on the ground. If they would do so, they 
would really hold the place in women's estimation 
that they fondly imagine they now do, but which I 
am sorry to humble them by saying, they do not. 


We think Miss Susan has been over-hasty in 
denouncing us all. Evidently she has drawn a 
wide induction from a single fact. But at the same 
time this ungallant 'university student' (that he 
hails from a village, and is in the first or second 
year, is plain from the letter) should make proper 
amends or show cause. 


Rouge ct Noir is the title of a quarterly ' in the 
interests of Trinity College' (Toronto.; The first 
number gives promise of a good college paper, but 
three months between the issues seems to be 
against its usefulness. The editors are: W. M. 
Cruttenden, secretary, J. T. Lewis, B.A., Fred. E. 
Howitt, business manager. The college colors are 
black and red, hence the name. 

A prominent clergyman recently referred in the 

public press to the affairs of Trinity College, and 

suggested that the best move that institution could 

do was to sell out as a university, and a teaching 

faculty in arts, and build a divinity school near 

I University College. The Rouge et Noir doesn't 

| like the suggestion, and speaks of the one making 

I it as 'a Torontocurate, a comparatively newcomer, 

the Rev. Mr. Rainsford.' The editor denies 'thai 

Trinity is in a moribund condition.' 


At the regular meeting on Saturday last, the 
president and vice-president being absent through 
illness, Mr. McCallum was called to the chair. Mr_ 
McKenzie presented the report of the General 
Committee on sec. vii. of the constitution, which 
relates to the property of the association. This 
was adopted without change. The office of the 
representative of the fourth was declared vacant, 
and an election to fill it will be held at the next 
regular meeting. On motion of Mr. Lindsey, the 
night of meeting was changed from Saturday to 

Mr. Lindsey read a paper on Edison's discoveries 
giving a short history of each machine and of its 
uses, but dealing chiefly with their structure and 
the principles involved in them. The descriptions 
were very clear. At the request of a member he 
gave a description with diagrams of the new lamp 
used in lighting Menlo Park. 

The next was a paper by Mr. Carveth on fungi 
and agriculture, or the nature and origin of fairy 
rings. This paper proved exceedingly interesting, 
and a long discussion followed, during which many 
questions were asked the writer, the subject being 
new to some of the members. 

A discussion on the basis of our knowledge of 
palaeontology was [introdoced by Mr. A. B. David- 
son, who claimed that it was not sufficient to war- 
rant the generalizations founded on it. This was 
opposed by Mr. McCallum, but the lateness of the 
hour compelled the association to forego the con- 
tinuation of the debate. 


The seventh regular meeting of the Literary and 
Debating Society was held on Thursday evening. 
After routine business, Messrs. J. Bell and W. 
Johnson gave excellent readings. Mr. J. An- 
derson then recited a selection in the serious style. 
J. H. Duncan was called upon for an essay. 

An amusing escapade happened the other other 
day, much to the enjoyment of the boys, by a 
member of the African race, rather deeply colored, 
finding his way into the lecture room, and asking for 
gratuities. The professor's voice was no longer 
audible, and the lecture came to a close with cries 
' Take him to to the dissecting room !' 

Mr. J. H. Duncan has been appointed pro tern 
assistant in the hospital during the absence of Dr. 

The subjects for the University prize composi- 
tions are published with the examination papers of 
last year. For English prose : The federation of 
the British Empire ; for English verse : Living- 
stone River. 

The acquisition of the new quarters of the 
Society, and one thing or another, have greatly in- 
creased the business of its meetings, and of late the 
literary part of the programme has had to be dis- 
pensed with. Another reason of this is the late 
hour at which members assemble. It is to be 
hoped that hereafter there will be less business 
before the meetings. 



The following extracts are taken from an article 
in the current number of the Canada Educational 
Monthly, by J. Howard Hunter, M.A., '6i, super- 
intendent of the Institute for the Blind at Brant- 
ford : 

The rapid development of our elementary and 
intermediate schools has rendered absolutely neces- 
sary some corresponding development of the pro- 
vincial university and of University College. This 
development should be not only material, but intel- 
lectual. The endowment ought certainly to be 
increased : additional buildings are manifestly- 
needed ; the professors are insufficient in number; 
the scientific professors are insufficiently assisted ; 
and they are all insufficiently paid. With this 
enlargement of resources, the area of modern cul- 
ture should also be enlarged. Such internal 
reforms are required as will rigorously exclude 
from quarters within the college — if not indeed 
from the lecture rooms — all but earnest students. 
Finally, to prevent our academical degrees in 
Ontario from losing all value or significance, we 
urgently need a university standard which all col- 
legiate corporations should be required to employ 

for their academic weights and measures. 

* * # ♦ » 

And so in Ontario the functions of the provin- 
cial university and of University College, though 
entirely distinct and easily distinguishable, have 
hitherto fallen into a hopeless tangle. 

It is thus of vast consequence to this country 
that the statutes of the University Senate repre- 
sent the results of the most recent research and 
the most improved educational methods. This can 
be most readily attained by publicity of discussion, 
by close criticism within the deliberative body itself, 

and by outside criticism. 

* * * * * * 

Yet here we have in this University Senate an 
educational parliament elected by qualified voters 
to represent various educational constituencies ; 
holding its meetings without public notice, at un- 
certain intervals and dates, and generally not in 
the university buildings at all ; excluding public 
and press, publishing no statutes, or minutes or 
documents, other than a decennial or quindecennial 

* * * * • 

There is an express enactment requiring the 
Senate to annually report to the lieutenant-governor, 
at such time as he may appoint, on the general 
state, progress and prospects of the University, and 
upon all matters touching the same, with such sug- 
gestions as they think proper to make, * 
and copies of such annual reports shall be laid 
before the Legislative Assembly at the then next 
session thereof.' This obligation is still in full 
force. During the twenty-five years that have 
passed, how many such reports has the Senate pre- 
sented to parliament ? Has it presented one ? If 
so, will some one obligingly tell us where it is to be 
found ? 

• * » » * * 

In the Act of 1873, it was distinctly assumed, and 
indeed it was explained in parliament, that in the 
next curriculum there would be a proper recogni- 
tion of modern science ; and, accordingly, the 7th 
section of the Act provided for the convocation- 
rights of Bachelors and Doctors of Science. This 
new curriculum has appeared ; but in spite of some 
strenous representations that were made in the 
Senate, the promised recognition of science has 
been refused. 

The remedies are tolerably obvious. Two ses- 
sions, each of a week, would probably dispatch all 
the business of the Senate in any year. These 
sessions being held from day to day, could, without 
much expense or inconvenience, be attended by 
non-resident members. The Senate should hold 
its sessions with open doors in the convocation hall 

of the University ; and it should encourage and 
welcome the presence of its constituents and of the 
members of the press. It should furnish an annual 
announcement of its educational policy, as required 
by the statute. For the transaction of routine busi- 
ness between sessions permanent committees could 
readily be arranged. These are ordinary details, 
not beyond the ingenuity of any voluntary organ- 
ization in the Province. The single difficulty in 
the whole matter is the indisposition of the Senate. 
Legislation should not be required, but it may once 
more be found necessary. 

K CO. Q. O. R. 

The annual dinner of the University rifles was 
held last evening at the National club, Bay street. 
About sixty sat down to an elegant spread, and 
many old members of the company evinced an un. 
abated interest therein, by coming a considerable 
distance to meet their brothers in arms around the 
festive board. Capt. Baker occupied the chair, 
with Sergeants Short and McDougall in the vice- 
chairs. Capt. Baker was supported on his right 
by Col. Otter, Major Croft, Dr. Oldright, and ex- 
Capt, VanderSmissen ; and on his left, were Col. 
Arthurs, Lieut. Manley, Mons. Pernet and Capt. 

The programme was one entirely unique, and we 
regret that our space does does not permit its in- 
sertion this week, The title page tastefully design- 
ed, bore the inscription from Macbeth, ' Now good 
digestion wait on appetite, and health on both,' 
and a semi-classical admonition to the garcons. The 
menu was so christened in foreign languages that 
freshmen were observed to take what was set be- 
fore them, asking no questions ; while to the toasts 
were attached quotations graceful and appropriate 
from various authors. 

Capt. Baker proposed the toast 'The Queen,' 
which was drunk with military enthusiasm with 
' God Save the Queen,' led by Capt. Buchan. 'The 
Governor-General and Lieutenant-Governor ' was 
greeted in a similar manner, clearly showing the 
loyalty of our undergraduates. To the toast ' the 
army, navy and volunteers,' Mr. Buchan responded 
with 'Rule Brittania.' 'Alma Mater' brought the 
whole company to its feet, and Professor Croft re- 
sponded in a characteristic speech. ' The regiment 
and regimental officers' was responded to by Col. 
Otter, Col. Arthurs, and Capt. Buchan. Mr. Per- 
net sang ' The Sea is England's Glory.' ' The 
officers of the company' was acknowledged by Capt. 
Baker and Lieut, Manley, Major Croft, Capt. Van- 
derSmissen, and Corporeal J. D. Cameron. The 
remaining toasts ' The prizemen,' ' prize donors,' 
' ladies,' were disposed of in a short time, and with 
the customary tribute of respect to 'our fallen come- 
rades,' the party broke up at an early hour, after 
which an adjournment was made to the parlor of the 
club, where singing was kept up for some time. All 
agree that the dinner was one of the most success- 
ful the company has ever held. 


It has often been asked why our college has 
never taken an interest in acquatics. We have a 
good bay, there is a strong leaning in our people 

toward this kind of sport, the champion grower is 
resident amongst us, we have good material in our 
under-graduates for oarsmen, and in fact everything 
except the organization. It would seem that now this 
last and all-important element is to be forthcoming, 
A number of undergraduates have taken the matter 
up and are now pushing it forward. They have 
held several meetings, discussed the question, in- 
terviewed a number of prominent persons, and 
have come to the conclusion that a boating asso- 
ciation is not only a desirable organization, but 
one the establishment of which is in every way 
feasable. Accordingly a committee of graduates 
and under-graduates has been appointed to draw 
up a prospectus, issue it, and open up a subscrip- 
tion list. Of course such an association cannot 
be started without money ; a site must be secured 
and a boathouse built and stocked with boats. But 
onoe these are provided the organization can easily 
be made self-sustaining. The committee have 
about elaborated their scheme, and they hope soon 
to submit it to all connected with, or interested in, 
the College and the University for their support. 


The attendance at the regular weekly meeting 
last night was rather light, owing no doubt to the 
attraction presented by the dinner of the rifle com- 
pany. A report was presented from the speciaj 
committee recommending that three organ recitals 
be given under the auspices of the society ; that 
each member of the society be allowed one ticket 
and have the privilege of purchasing three ad- 
ditional ones at twenty-five cents each ; and that 
the first recital be be given on Saturday, the 14th 
inst., at 3:30 p.m. The report was adopted. A 
motion was carried adjourning the public meeting 
from the 20th inst. to the 27th inst. A proposal 
made by Mr. Courtice to call the society's building 
' the student's resort, was voted down, as was also 
two amendments thereto. An essay on Oliver 
Cromwell was read by Mr. George Inglis. The 
debate : ' Is capital punishment justifiable ?' closed 
the evening's proceedings. The affirmative was 
supported by Messrs. Ballantyne and Clark, and 
the opposite by Messrs. Elliott and R. Y. Thomson 
The vice-president, Mr. Herridge, gave decision in 
favor of the negative. 

Yale has graduated 4 signers of the Declaration 
of Independence ; 140 members of the U. S. House 
of Representatives ; 44 U. S. Senators; 15 embas- 
sadors to foreign courts; 16 cabinet officers, in- 
cluding Mr. Evarts ; 16 lieutenant-governors and 
29 governors of states : our present chief justice ; 
the lexicographers, Webster and Worcester ; 4 
presidents of theological seminaries ; 65 presidents 
of colleges, and 252 professors in colleges and pro- 
fessional schools.— Ex. 

The Yale glee club cleared $750 in Chicago dur- 
ing their recent trip. — Ex. 

From the Amherst college catalogue for 1879 8o. 
we learn that there are 5 resident-graduates, 72 
seniors, 83 juniors, 79 sophomores, and 11 1 fresh- 
men — making a total of 350 students, ' the largest 
number,' says the Amherst Student, ' that has been 
connected with the college at one time, for many 

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The report of the registrar of the university of 
Halifax for 1879 states that seven examinations 
were held during the year, attended by 25 candi- 
dates, of whom 17 passed and 8 were rejected. Up 
to this time 57 candidates have been examined, 40 
of whom have passed, the nature of the examina- 
tion and the standard of attainment required of 
candidates accounting for the number of rejections. 
Every one of the affiliated colleges, with the single 
exception of Acadia, have sent up candidates to 
one or more of the examinations. 

The proceedings of the senates of the univer- 
sities of Halifax and Manitoba are open to press 
and public. 


The gymnasium which was built at Yale in 1859 
at an expense of $12,000, though an unpretentious 
structure, was the best one of the kind then belong- 
ing to an American ^uliege, and it did act lose its 
pre-eminence when Harvard next year erected a 
gymnasium by the aid of $8,000 from an individual 
whose name has never been made public. Almost 
immediately, however, the Barrett gymnasium at 
Amherst claimed recognition as the best ; after- 
wards a gift of $24,000 from George H, Bessell, of 
this city, secured a better one for Dartmouth, and 
the Bonner and Marquand gymnasium at Prince- 
ton in turn took rank as 'the most expensive and 

But at last Harvard has come to the front, for on 
the 1 2th of January her undergraduates began 
exercising themselves in ' the finest gymnasium on 
this continent,' the same having been erected and 
furnished at a cost of $100,000, which sum was con- 
tributed by Augustus Hemenway, a Bostonian. 
The building is built of brick, in the colonial style 
of architecture, with trimmings of sandstone, and 
is a great ornament to the city of Cambridge. It 
is 125 feet long and 113 feet wide, and the top of 
the cupola, which surmounts the roof, is 98 feet 
above the ground. Over the main window front- 
ing on Kirkland street. the coat-of-arms of the col- 
lege is carved in freestone. The main entrance is 
by the way of an elaborate porch. There is an 
outer and an inner vestibule. On the right of the 
latter is a reception-room finished with enamelled 
bricks, and beyond this is a dressing-room 103 feet 
long and 20 feet wide, containing 474 lockers, 
through which steam pipes pass .for drying the 
clothing. On the same side of the building there 
are two large bath and toilet rooms, and between 
these is a room arrangtd for vapor and needle 
baths, with appliances for giving a lateral, vertical 
and descending shower. Three doors open from 
the dressing-room into the main hall, over which 
extends an iron framework arranged with sliding 
eyebolts and beams, so that the swinging apparatus 
can be suspended from any point. On the left is 
an apartment containing a great variety of pulley 
apparatus, and a semi-circular room intended for 
an armory, which may also be approached by a 
door from without. The main hall is very elegant, 
the walls being of red and yellow bricks and the 
wood-work of hard pine. It is 115 feet long and 
in the widest part 84 feet wide, and the ridge, o,f 
the roof is 54 feet above the floor. The second 
story contains a room for the exhibition of trophies 
and for committee meetings, and also the rowing* ' 
room, with sixteen rowing machines. The directors I 
office, the janitor's room, the measuring room and, 
others are upon this floor. Around the hall is a 
gallery which can be used as a running track. In 
the basement are eight bowling alleys, ami tli<> 
whole north end of the basement under the mam 
hall is reserved for base-ball, lacrosse, and tennis. 
practice, and is inclosed by heavy wire netting 
The basement also contains rooms for sparring and 
fencing, a boiler-room, and a store-room. Tlniq 
whole building is heated by steam and thoroughly, 
ventilated. The main hall contains 10,000. square 
feet of flooring available for exercise, and the 1 mi- 
ning track is 324 feet long, making 17 laps to the mi l<. 
It was the purpose of the corporation, in appoint- 
ing Dr. Dudley A. Sargent assistant professop itifs 
physical training and director of the gymjiaswfitan 
to put the ' department in the hands of a man pj 
medical education, who was also practicallj 1 
liar with every kind of bodily exercise and atriTi ffi 
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We have been hearing of late a great deal about 
the altered position which passmen occupy in our 
university. The air has been full of sarcastic 
insinuations against them, and belittling charges ; 
and as a member of the honorable order of pass- 
men, I deem it only proper that I should take up 
the cudgels in my own and their behalf, and as far 
as in my power refute the base allegations that 
have been hurled against us, and to place our 
order in its proper light before the college public. 
Heretofore we have endeavoured to maintain a 
dignified silence, and have pursued the even tenor 
of our ways, quite uninfluenced by outside opinion, 
however sarcastic and biting that opinion may have 
been. (And to judge from the glimpses we have 
recently caught of the unfettered and illimitable 
intellects of the ' Museum Owl ' and some others, 
it would seem to argue that those individuals 
thought that they could, from their lofty pedestal 
scowl wrathfully upon humanity and wretched 
passmen, when once they had the goose quill in 
hand, and a flood of ink hard by to cool their burn- 
ing indignation.) But the contumely heaped upon 
us of late has originated from so many different 
quarters that silence any longer would seem to 
give consent to these contemptuous utterances, and 
it is for this reason that we at length break forth, 
and send out what some one of our friends pro- 
mised a short time ago to furnish to the columns 
of the college paper, a ' Defensio Passorum,' or, 
as I would rather say, a ' Eulogy on the Honor- 
able Order of Passmen' ; for that we are blamcablc 
in any respect I don't intend to admit or argue- 
And first ot all, Mr. Editor, as to our being dubbed 
Passi, I think the term is by no means appropriate, 
if you mean to convey by it that passmen are dis- 
tinguished from other students by the fact that 
they are content if they secure just enough marks 
as will enable them to pass their examinations. 
Under the Senate's new regime passmen, in the 
literal sense o( the word, are done away with, and 
an honor man whose objective point is pitched at 
50 per cent, is as much a passman as any one else. 
Otherwise, the term Passi seems harmless enough, 
and if a classical equivalent is absolutely required 
to designate them, I would earnestly advise the 
men in our course to accept that, or adopt some 
other at once, before that our learned Italian and 
Hellenic scholars of the various years deliberate 
on the question, and by their ipse dixit denominate 
them for all time to come as ordinarii, communes, 
prufanum vulgus, hoi polloi, or something of that 
sort. For what more apt terms do you suppose 
the above-mentioned scholars could find for ' pass- 
men,' supposing they came across that word in a 
piece for translation ? Such a translation indeed 
would be considered excellent all round. ' Most 
appropriate,' would exclaim the worm-investigat- 
ing naturalite ; and our other honor men would 
take their brother classical-in-honors by the hand 
and congratulate him on having so nicely hit the 
nail on the head. The venerable Senate, too, would 
shout assent, and award full marks; and take 
inward delight at the progress of its new-fangled 
specialists in accurate and discriminating scholar- 
ship. In our college world here passmen are 

indeed of little account, They are dabblers, mud- 
dlers, hacks, jacks, whelks, slugs, or whatever else 
you please. Don't be particular, gentlemen; any 
name will do. For them no distinctions, no 
honors ; not even is a leather medal offered as an 
encouragement. Let no one imagine that the two 
scholarships open to passmen in the second year 
are offered as an honor. Look down the column, 
compare them with the others, and conclude with 
me that the venerable Senate has placed them 
there to announce officially the contempt it has for 
any one who is low-spirited enough to enter the 
lists and compete for such paltry and invidious 
rewards. The venerable Senate has adopted this 
plan, among others, for the purpose of driving the 
whole herd of passmen into special departments. 
See again how the wretched passman is assailed on 
the public platform, and with what specious argu- 
ments the spokesmen of the venerable Senate cry 
down a general education, and how they as en- 
thusiastically praise special and limited appli- 
cation among students. Nay, golden bribes are 
held up to the view of unsuspecting freshmen, and 
by these and other means many a good naturedand 
promising young man has been roped into the 
meshes, and irretrievably lost. Gentlemen, I am 
not speaking at random. A young man comes 
down to our university desirous of brightening up 
his natural parts, and of becoming somewhat re- 
fined and a little polished ; of being able in fact to 
talk and think about things in a reasonable and 
intelligent manner. For a university education is 
supposed to render one more or less cultured. The 
object which this fair-minded youth has in view is 
very likely, is almost certain, to be defeated as soon 
as he enters the portals of our great seat of learn- 
ing. Bribes and invidious distinctions lead him 
astray; and finally he leaves the institution with 
his cranium in an abnormal condition, bulging out 
as it does in some particular spot, while it remains 
quite undeveloped elsewhere. One can talk only 
about star-reaching tangents and indeterminate 
cosines; while another is ltogether taken up with 
mites, king-crabs, jack-crabs, and other beasts, and 
is so enslaved in the study of them that he h*a s 
never had time to think that he might much better 
be employed with what a distinguished poet has 
rightly called the study of mankind, to wit, man 
himself, and the qualities which distinguish and 
separate men, and which render some noble and 
others ignoble. To speak boldly, gentlemen, I 
would ask, to what culture can a science man, for 
instance, lay claim ? The little he is obliged to 
take outside of strict science is easily dealt with' 
and I think it is no exaggeration to say that in his- 
story, literature, or in the elements of metaphysics, 
he has received no instruction during his collegiate 
course. What ? He has not even opened the 
pages of our own Shakespeare or Milton ? Hide, 
O Shame ! hide thy blushing face ! And then again ? 
take our deep-visaged metaphysicians. They, on 
the other hand, rise above mankind, and would pry 
into the secrets of the gods while yet on earth. And 
yet, I guess, they don't know many secrets of any 
worth which ordinary men do not also know. These 
fellows are two precipitate, and want to know things 
which, with all their striving, they will never know 
until each of them shall have lived his three score 

years and ten. They would fain take no active 
part in the affairs of humanity ; and some of them 
become haunted at a very early age with strange 
hallucinations, one, as I am told, being steadfast in 
his belief that he was King David, singing the 
praises of the universe to the strains of a golden 
harp. As regards our classical friends, I have no 
further time to spare than to remark that it pleases 
us to see that the lofty pedestal on which they once 
were seated, is now being lowered, and will con- 
tinue to be lowered till its proper level will 
be reached. Men in this age are not going to 
praise any difficult undertaking, if it is not at the 
same time proportionately useful. Passmen can 
laugh with Horace at the follies of mankind just as 
heartily as honor men can, although, perhaps they 
do not know how many hapax legomena there are 
in each particular satire ; or if they cannot scan 
every line in a Greek play, they can take in 
all the same what the dramatist wanted to 
make known. Of all the departments, the one 
most nearly allied to our own pass course is that 
of Moderns ; and it is almost unnecessary to say 
that the venerable Senate has consequently dis- 
criminated against it, as Gef has already pointed 
out. But here, too, the vein produces too much 
ore of the one kind, and the metal in that ore is 
not always of the highest value. Now, gentlemen, 
what do I argue from all this ? I argue that your 
much-belittled passman who steers his skip in the 
golden mean, is the only one of us who carries an 
evenly balanced mind and a level head ; who has 
imbibed a little of the cream of ancient learning, 
and knows somewhat of the history and thought of 
modern times : and who has expended a sufficient 
length of time to become acquainted with the 
nature of some of the abstract truths of mathe- 
mathics ; nor has political economy been forgotten 
and many other useful studies, the sources of 
strength and the embellishments and ornaments 
of a well-developed intellect. He has undergone 
just such a training as will fit him to pursue, with 
pleasure and profit, whatever calling in life he may 
choose to pursue. Your much belittled passman, 
in fine, is the nearest approach to an educated man 
that the university turns out ; if only Prof. Fanning 
could be secured to give a short course of lectures 
on the terpsichoraean art, he would be in truth 
the Canadian gentleman. X. Y. Z. 


Let us now tabulate all the college cheers that 
I have considered in these papers. They may be 
found at times convenient for future reference : — 
Columbia. . Hurray ' Hurray! Hurray! Co-l-u-m- 

b-i-a ! 
Cornell. .. .Cor-Cor-Cor-Hf// / I yell! Cor-NELL! 
Harvard. . . . Rah ! Rah ! Rah ! [with a strong, full 

Princeton. .'Rah ! 'Rah! 'Rah! S-s-s t ! Boom! 

Ah-h-h ! 
Penn. Univ. .'Oo-rah ! Oo-rah ! Oo-rah! Penn-syl- 

vani-a ! 

Yale 'Rah ! 'Rah ! 'Rah ! {sharply.) 

Wesleyan Rah ! Rah ! Wes-ley-AN ! 

Amherst ... .'Rah ! 'Rah! 'Rah! Am-her-est-i-a ! 

Bowdoin 'Rah! 'Rah! Rah! B-o-w-d-o-i-n ! 

Brown. .. .'Rah-rah ! Rah-rah! Rah-rah! Ti-ger ! 
Dartmouth . .'Rah ! 'Rah! 'Rah! Wah-Hoo-wah ! 
College of the city of New York, 

'Rah ! 'Rah ! 'Rah! C! C! N! Y! 

Hamilton Ham-il-ton ! Z-z-zip-rah-boom ! 

Racine 'Ra-'Kn-'RA-CINE ! 

Rutgers 'Rah! Rah! 'Rah! Bow-wow-wow! 

Trinity Trin-i-ty ! Trin-i-ty ! 

Union. .'Rah! 'Rati! 'Rah! U-n-i-o-n! N-o-i-n-u ! 

Rah ! 'Rah ! 'Rah ! Will.yums! yams ! yums ! 
University of New York, 

N! Y! U! S-s-s-t ! Boom-m ! Ah-h-h!! 
— Ada Columbiana. 



Mr. George Acheson of the fourth year has 
been ordered home by his doctor. 

The football (Rugby) club will probably make 
arrangements with one of the leading college clubs 
of the Eastern States foi a match here next fall.. 

Why don't the curator of the reading room see 
that the leaves of the books and papers are pro- 
perly cut before being put on the tables. 

The students of this college and of the medical 
schools formed a large portion of the ' gods ' at 
the theatre this week. 

One of the latest stories is that the Senate here- 
after will not pluck honor men who score forty per 
cent. But don't let any faltering brother in honors 
put too much trust in this report. 

A pane of glass in the doors of the library read- 
ing rooms would do away with the disturbance 
caused by students opening and shutting the doors 
when looking for some of their friends. 

The School Journal for this month contains the 
concluding portion of a lecture on ' The Schools 
of Ancient Greece and Rome,' delivered to the 
students of Pickering college by J. A. Culham, 
B.A., 79. 

There is to be a meeting of the fourth year men 
some day next week. Matters of importance will 
be brought up, and it is hoped that there will be a 
full attendance. The day and hour will be placed 
on the board. 

It is rumored that a motion will be introduced in 
the Legislature this session to so amend the Univer- 
sity Act that all bachelors of arts may be included 
in convocation. At present, they have to be of three 
years standing before they can vote; while bache- 
lors of medicine have the franchise as soon as they 

Mr. Goldwin Smith is to preside at the public 
meeting of the Society on the 27th. The reader 
will be Mr. T. E. Inglis and the essayist Mr. D. B. 
Kerr. The question for debate — Is life worth 
living — will be supported by Messrs. T. Gilmour 
and W, F. Maclean, and the negative by Messrs. 
J. B. Jackson and E. P. Davis. 

The manner in which the benches have been 
mutilated in the large classical lecture room is 
simply disgraceful. As a great part of the cutting 
has been done this session, the inference is that it 
was the work of freshmen. Stringy gowns and 
and ready jack-knives are always indicative of 
cheekie freshies. 

There are altogether fourteen students in the 
Protestant Episcopal Divinity School, two of whom 
F. W. Kerr, M. A., '75, andO. G. Dobbs, M.A., '77, 
are graduates of this university ; one is a graduate 
of Trinity, C. W. Ball, B.A.; one an undergraduate 
of King's College, Nova Scotia, and all the rest- 
with one exception, non-matriculated students of 
University College. 

Let our students read the account in another 
column of Harvard's new gymnasium, and then 
say whether their's is not a modest plan, which 
proposes fitting up our gymnasium with $350. But 
it doesn't seem that we can raise even this amount. 
We don't expect any' of our giads are going to 
squander $100,000 on building a gymnasium, 
though some might be willing to give a hundred 
cents if they were sjen. Start a subscription list. 

F. E. Hayter. B.A., '78 (gold medalist, mathe- 
matics), has received a permanent appointment in 
the Auditor-General's office, Ottawa. At least two 
other of our gold medallists in mathematics are 
actuaries in the Government service, viz : John 
Lorn McDougall, B.A.. '59, Auditor-General of the 
Dominion, and A. K. Blackadar, B.A., '76, of the 
Insurance branch (over which Prof. Cherriman 
presides) of the Finance department. 

Company K, is drilling in anticipation of a field- 
day on the Queen's Birthday. They were put 
through manual exercise yesterday afternoon. 
Why has not the company a bugler ? The hand- 
some uniform of him of the horn should attract 
the ambition of nobby first-year men. But if the 
captain sees fit to appoint one, it is suggested that 
he be requested to take up his residence in Seaton 
Village or some other suburb. A freshman with a 
bugle and a lusty pair of lungs could soon depopu- 
late a ward. 

The following is the programme of the organ 
recital of Mr. Fisher in Convocation Hall this 
afternoon ; — 

1. Fantasie and Fugue, in G minor (Book 2, No. 4). ..Bach. 

2. Theme and Variations. Op. 47 Hesse. 

3. Aaia — •' Angels ever bright and fair." Handel. 

I Miss Brokovski.( 

4. Skizzen Op. 58., No. 1 Schumann. 

5. CoMMUNion, in G major Batiste. 

6. Part Song, "Evening." L.DeCall. 

(University College Glee Club.) 

7. Fanfare Lcmmens. 

S. Aria, ' With Verdure Clad,' from the ' Creation. '...Haydn. 

(Miss Brokovski.( 
9. Fifth Groan Concerto Handel. 

The regular meeting ot the Natural Science As- 
sociation was held on Wednesday evening. Feb. 
nth, Mr. Davidson in the chair. The question of 
a motto for the association was discussed, but none 
of those proposed being considered suitable, the 
matter was referred to a committee. A paper was 
read by Mr. Wood on the development of the puff- 
ball ; one by Mr. McKenzie on Arctic and Alpine 
plants ; and one by Mr. Dolsen on the vertebrate 
palaeontology of the Dominion. The reading and 
discussing of these occupied the evening, and the 
remainder of the programme had to be postponed. 
Mr. A. B. Davidson was elected to fill the vacancy 
in the general committee. 


The attendance of the regular weekly meeting 
last night was fair, but a number of students were 
conspicuous by their absence. The President, Mr., 
VanderSmissen was in the chair. The minutes of 
last meeting were read and adopted. There was 
no business out of the minutes, but Mr. Loudon 
gave notice of motion, viz. : that at next meeting he 
would move for the appointment of a committee 
to revise the constitution. Order of business F was 
changed so as to read ' business from committees,' 
no essayist nor readers having been appointed. 
The next part of the programme was the debate, 
subject : ' would the removal of the belief in future 
punishment be prejudicial to public morality.' The 
affirmative was sustained by Messrs. Milner, Mac- 
gillvray, Herridge and Gilmour; the negative by 
Messrs. D. B. Kerr and Davis. The great number 
of students seem to have come prepared to speak 
upon the affirmative, pre-supposing that the nega- 
tive was going to be difficult to handle. In sum- 
ming up the arguments the president said that owing 
to the fluency of the speakers, and the able 
way in which the several debaters handled their 
arguments, together with the all-absorbing nature 
of the subject, he had for once forgotten to take 
! notes of each speech. He also eulogized the 
debate as the best of the season, and especially 
complimented Mr. Davis on his speech. For next 
Friday evening the programme is as follows; — 
Essayist, W. H. Doel ; readers, Messrs. Ames, 
Macdonald ; debate, ' Should the study of classics 
form part of a university education ' ; leaders, 
Herridge and Courtice 


Sweden has two universities. Norway has one. 

There are 425 colleges in the United States. 

Only six and two-thirds per cent, of 1 Columbians 
take active part in athletics. 

Six hundred and eigeteen dollars is the balance 
in the treasury of the Yale football association, 

The marking system is to be abolished at Co- 

Prof. Ko Kun Hun, of Harvard, receives a 
salary of $200 per month. He has seven little 
ko-ku-nuts in his family. 

Nineteen per cent, of the boys at Oberlin pro- 
fess religion. If these figures are correct she 
takes the lead. — Argus. 

Only five colleges of the United States require 
an entrance examination in trigonometry — Cornell, 
Harvard, John Hopkins, Yale and Wesleyan. 

During the present college year the endowment 
fund of Wesleyan University has been increased 
by $140,000, the gift of two of its friends. This 
makes the total amount $350,000. 

The current numbers of the Dalhousic Gazette 
(Halifax), and of the Queen's College Journal, axe 
in mourning, the former for the late Prof. DeMille, 
the latter for the late Prof. McKerras. 

Glasgow, Scotland, has the best ventilated 
university in the world. The central steeple rises 
to a height of 200 feet. 1,000,000 cubic feet of 
pure air are forced into the building every hour. 

Sixteen Harvard men are at work for the fresh- 
man crew. The exercise consists in 500 strokes 
on machines, an ho.ur's work running, besides some 
general work. They are to row with the freshmen 
of Columbia. 

He was a plain old granger, and when his son 
informed him that he had determined to go to col- 
lege and learn something, the old gentleman looked 
straight at him and said : ' Now, look-a-here, John, 
you may learn readin ', ' ritin ', and a little jography, 
but if you grapple with any o' them dead land- 
widges, I'll kill you when jou come home, so's 
they'll do you some good,' 

' Bracing for the Gym, Ex. has begun,' reports 
the Amherst Student of January 31 ; ''S3 is enthusi- 
astic, '82 is confident, '81 is indifferent, and 'So is 
having a good time.' The condition of affairs at 
Cornell was thus presented by the Era of January 
23 ; ' Before this term there were good reasons for 
not taking exercise in the building used as a gym- 
nasium, but now no excuses are valid. Through 
the efforts of Major Burbank the building has been 
completely remodelled, additions have been made 
to the apparatus and the facilities for exercise 
greatly increased. But as this department is not 
endowed it has to be supported by the members 
and more of them are needed.' Reform at Hamil 
ton was urged by the October Lit., in terms fol- 
lowing : 'We have a building adapted in ever) 
way to our wants, and the apparatus is good a^ 
far as it goes, but it needs replenishing. We hav< 
$200 worth of boats at the boat-house that are o 
no benefit to ourselves. Why not dispose of then 
and apply the proceeds to the purpose of refittim 
the gymnasium ? The good that will result fron 
such a change in our dead capital will be mani 
fested in many ways. As it is at present there i 
no return for our outlays. Change it into such ; 
form that it may be utilized by the students, an 
the outlaws needed to keep it in necessarv repair 
will be more promptly and cheerfully met. Let u 
consider this matter fully and fairly, for it is of di 
rect interest to the students. The gynmasiun 
ought at least to be put into such a condition tha 
gymnastic exercise may be had during the winte 
mi mths ' 




At the present time university matters are re- 
ceiving a good deal of attention in various quarters 
The affairs ofj University College and of the Uni- 
versity of Toronto have been up twice before the 
Ontario Legislature already this session ; the ques- 
tion of university consolidation is still discussed in 
the press; and considerable interest is being already 
manifested in the coming election of three mem- 
bers to the University Senate. 

This disposition to discuss these questions must 
be taken as a healthy sign ; it shows that increased 
interest is being manifested in the University and 
College ; and that more than ever they are regarded 
as the crown of our educational system. Nearly 
all of the critics profess to be or really are friendly 
to these institutions ; what they wish to see, they 
say, is an extension of their usefulness. And to this 
end they are suggesting changes in the Senate, an 
increase of thfe endowment fund, and the like, de- 
voting all their attention to the question of manage- 
ment. No one has called the standard of scholar- 
ship, maintained in either of these institutions, into 
question. The positions our graduates have taken 
in the country, and the rapidly increasing numbers 
who are flocking to the College and the University 
are the best of guarantees on this score. 


Last Monday, Mr. Badgerow (East York), mov- 
ed in the Ontario Assembly for a return of the 
expenditures of the University of Toronto and of 
University College, and of the amount and con- 
dition of the endowment fund of these institutions. 
This motion, as also an another one by the same 
gentleman for a return of the minutes of the Senate 
f o ■ 1878-9, was carried. In speaking to the latter 
motion, Hon. Mr. Crooks, after alluding to the im- 
portant place occupied by the University in our 
educational system, said the records of the Senate 
for 1S77 and 1878 laid before the house last session 
must prove to any unprejudiced person that the 
functions of that body had been well performed. 
The hon. mover of this resolution was doing an 
injustice to gentlemen who performed an honorable 
service gratuitously by appearing in any way to 
raise a question against the manner of their per- 
formirg it Twenty-two meetings had been held, 
all of which had been largely attended, the Vice- 
Chancellor having been present at all but one. 
The proceedings as published showed the questions 
which had been raised, and the divisions proved 
il e struggles between the different schools of 
thought. If there was any presumption that the 
Senate was doing anything inimical to the public, 
let it be exposed. So far as the principle of this 
motion was concerned, the Law Society was in ex- 
actly the same position as the Senate of the Uni- 
versity, and there was no good reason to show why 
1 1; htf -of them should be looked upon as a common 
1 1 iinril. Without an\ i luirje whatever, it should 
■ ill.- eonlideiii e H"1 only ot tile meinl.'eis of (he 
I hiiversity, but ot the whole peopleof Ontario. He 
h.idn..ol, u , tlo„ to,|„-> l ,,t,.,n.lnm,u, |„ ■„, 

t no, , . ,'-■' ti . i 

'"■"'" W 1 " , "'" 1 ! '" " u]r > .tl^>.h^,po.,u„„, 
might not be misunderstood, 


Much has been said and written on this vexed 
question, and the subject is by no means exhausted. 
The very reverse, indeed, is the truth, for it is 
becoming more and more complicated with the 
lapse of time. 

That university consolidation, or one provincial 
degree-granting body would be a great boon to 
Canadian education few would deny, yet the diffi- 
culties besetting the attainment of such a change 
seems almost insuperable. On careful considera- 
tion, however, they are not. One of the first points 
that must be met and dealt with is, which univer- 
sity should remain and absorb the minor lights ? 
Another and more difficult one is what is to be 
done with all the graduates from the suppressed 
institutions. No one would wish to be a graduate 
of that university which was, but is not. 

The various new regulations adopted by 
different universities point not to consolidation 
but rather to self-preservation. It is true that 
Queen's and Cobourg have the same entrance ex- 
amination as Toronto, yet this is evidently to secure 
a fair share of the students preparing for a college 
career, knowing well that the majority of high 
schools prepare for only one university, and that 
one Toronto. Nevertheless this is a good change, 
and one which should be made by all, as it cer- 
tainly would improve high school teaching by 
commencing a uniform system. 

One way of reaching an agreement is to have a 
provincial university, with free affiliation of all the 
colleges, and which would admit the graduates and 
undergraduates of the suppressed universities to a 
corresponding standing in the provincial one. This 
would certainly raise some to a higher stand than 
they might be entitled to; yet to attain a good 
reform some concessions might be required ; and 
further, this could only be needed once, and so 
would not be a lasting source of trouble. 

If ever such a change shall be effected, it must 
be very largely by the influence of graduates and 
undergraduates. Many advantages would accrue 
from such a change such as a higher status of 
degrees, uniformity in the system of education in 
the province throughout college as well as school, 
and greater stimulus to more efficient teaching, due 
to a hearty spirit of rivalry among the colleges, i 
Important though these may appear they must be 
realized by extending certain privileges rather than 
by taking them away, by extending rather than by 
retrenching rights, and by concessions rather than 
by inroads. 

Year by year it is becoming more difficult to es- 
tablish a really provincial university as the number 
of graduates from each one now in existence in- 
creases. It is not yet impossible, however, and I 
hope to see its consummation. F. 


I gladly concur in the remarks made in the last 
two issues, concerning a re-union dinner of the pres- 
et rftjuith year, ten years after graduation. It 
would be .an event to which we .would, look forward 
witteekgetr)ei^)BCtat&)rLiiiMhy shtadcLwidiiDt:? To 
meet again 'after.'. :sajbh ,i!lapse:of; time? tfflibqingnto't 
.■in remembrance old tunes .and Trihkniscence.s ill 

the past, would undoubtedly be a pleasure to all. 
Arguments are not needed to prove that this would 
be an event in each of our lives, and I feel confi- 
dent that ' our year ' will respond with alacrity to 
the proposal. Next to the love and loyalty which 
binds us to our Alma Mater, should be a heartfelt 
regard for the Boys of '80. 

' May their memories be ever green.' 

Another thing which would tend to keep up and 
sustain through life the ' esprit de corps ' of our 
year, would be for the whole fourth year to have 
their photos taken and exchange. These faces 
would bring pleasing incidents and college remem- 
berances to mind when the originals are widely 
separated, and in after years, we may be able to 
point out the photos of certain celebrated judges, 
ministers, Q C's and M.D's, etc., just as they ap- 
peared when they graduated with us in '80. 

If thirty or forty can be found willing to 
acquiesce in this proposal, Messrs. Notman & 
Fraser will photograph them in their best style for 
a very reasonable sum. Sinceritas. 


The men who sit in the north-east corner of the 
old reading-room with their feet on the steam 
pipes and Kant on their knees, are fourth year 
metaphysicians, sometimes called ' immortals.' 
They appear to be profoundly engaged in their 
task, that of sleeping. When not so engaged, they 
are ' discussing ' after the manner of the park dis- 
putants. They deem it the correct thing to have 
disorganized attire, and it is quite common to see 
a green and a blue sock flowing down the sides of 
their boots. 

The men who are hid behind 36 x 40 books, and 
whose faces when seen present a haggard appear- 
ance, are classicals also of the fourth year. They 
are struggling with epigraphy. They are said to 
die young. 

The men who are counting the spots on the ceil- 
ing are of the genus passmen. They are very 
numerous, wear good clothes and often display a 
large breastpin. 


Notice is taken in the last issue of the limitation 
placed on the membership of this association. 
Almost every student in University College takes 
one examination in natural science, and if these 
were admitted the association would really become 
a rival of the Literary and Scientific Society. The 
college authorities, when their approval of its for- 
mation was asked, were particular to inquire 
whether it would interfere with the other society. 
I understand further, that the use of a room in 
the School of Science was granted on the under- 
standing that the membership should be limited to 
those taking honors in natural science. Any mem- 
ber, however, may introduce a visitor, and those 
who come will be cordially welcomed. 

I think that passmen as a rule are not reliable 
authorities on what they know nothing about ; and 
if that passman who figures in the paragraph of 
last week had been seen it is probable that further 
search for the required animal would have been 
considered unnecessary. Some science men, how- 
ever, are of the opinion that his great overhearing 
capabilities point to a still greater development of 
tfci&etos. ;As..the members are always anxious to 
see nmre s}4ecimBifs,,lu!:i9/assrvrenl that if he presents 
himself the ' guandsiiiv^iJIli pass lad'iiiriui lo (aabTaaiq 


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Volume I.] 

Toronto Saturday February 2i, 1880. 


[Number 15. 


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Scene: Sophomore's room (Soph., just returned 
from town, is struggling with his Spanish. Enter 
serious Junior. Soph, loq.) — 'Well — hie — this 
is the meanest language I — hie — ever saw And — 
of — all — the dictionaries this is the worst ! hie — but 
guess the grammar's worse ! Haven't been able to 
find a single word ! " (Junior calmly points out 
that it is difficult to do Spanish satisfactorily with a 
German dictionary and a Greek grammar. Exit 
Sophomore to bed.) 

The senior wrangler at Cambridge this year is 
Mr. Joseph Larmor, a graduate of the Royal 
Academical Institution, Belfast, Queen's Univer- 
sity, and of the London University, who, during 
his eight years of collegiate life — he is now twenty- 
three, — has carried off ten scholarships, three 
exhibitions, with as many gold medals (two of them 
for double firsts) and other prizes and honors. His 
private tutor was the famous Mr. Routh, who lor 
twenty-one years in succession has coached the 
senior wrangler. Last year twelve of the first 
fourteen wranglers, we believe, were pupils of Mr. 
Routh ; this year, of the ten of whom we have 
particulars eight owned him as their private tutor. 
The Cambridge examinations of 1880 will be 
notable also for the fact that a woman, Miss Char- 
lotte A. Scott, of Lancashire Independent College, 
obtained the position of ' equal to the eighth 
wrangler ' in the Mathematical Tripos. The 
highest place hitherto won by any lady has been 
among the senior optimes, i.e., second class, and 
as Miss Scott belongs to Girton College her success 
Willi be a plume of feathers and a whole garden of 
artificial flowers, not to say miles of bugle bead 
trimming in the becoming cap of that institution. — 
New York World. 

A correspondent of the New York Times writes 
that he recommended to a young fellow of his 
acquaintance, who was unusually tall and slender, 
but without an expansive chest and much muscular 
development, the reading of a popular book which 
advises elaborate exercise. The result, he says, 
shows that he might much better have put a bottle 
of brandy and a box of cigars in his young friend's 
hands and told him to ' go it.' He took to dumb- 
bells, five mile walks, and finallv to boating ; he 
became the picture of health, brown, sturdy, with 
knotty muscles. But soon a pimple, growing to a 
sore, and a sore wrist showed themselves, with 
he?dache, sore shoulder, and swelled ankles. A 
physician had to take him in charge, who prescribed 
rest and a tonic. He had used up his vital and 
constitutional strength in order to build up his 
muscular force. The physician added that he had 
no small number of young college graduates who 
had exhausted themselves in athletic exercise. It 
is a warning worth hearing and perhaps heeding. 
[I 'ays briefly : ' No excess.' 


(Translate! fiom the German of Fougue.) 

Oh might I be 
A little bird ! 
That o'er the lea 
Is singing heard 
In various ways 
Outpouring, outpouring, her 
warbled lays. 

Oh might I grow 
A stainless flower ! 
To sweetly blow- 
In leafy bower, 
So pure and kind, 
Appearing, appearing, with 
others twined. 

But I am only 
A humble knight, 
On highway lonely, 
An outlawed wight, 
And all I have, 
I take with me down to 
the silent grave ! — a.W.W. 



It is pretty generally understood that the new 
legislative buildings of the province are to be erected 
in the Queen's Park, near to University College. 
The provincial legislature has, and requires a 
library ; the provincial university has, and requires 
a library : this being the case does it not seem a 
highlv commendable and practical scheme, that of 
the fusion of these two libraries, and the erection 
of a building common to both, and which would 
form a very respectable basis for a real provincial 
library ? and does it not appear to be a rather fool- 
ish policy which would maintain out of the public 
tunds two independent libraries within one hun- 
dred yards of each other ? 

The advantages of such a union are many and 
readily suggest themselves. In the first place there 
would be a great increase in the number of volumes 
at the disposal of the legislature and of the students 
and professors ; for that there are many books in 
one library which are not in the other is patent to 
anyone having the slightest acquaintance with the 
twocatalogues. Next one set of the bookscommon to 
the two libraries could be sold and the proceeds 
used in buying books not now found in either of 
them. A third advantage would be that students 
would have the benefit of a larger number of books 
on law, legislation, constitutional history, and 
general literature, than they could ever hope to 
obtain in the university library alone. Fourthly, 
there would be a great saving in buying new book:-. 
As things now exist each library buys a copy of 
the same book ; were they united only one would 
be bought and the money saved invested in other 
works. There would also be no small saving in the 
running expenses. Again a united library of this 
kind would be of great benefit to the growing 
literary and artistic circles found in Toronto. A 
library would tend to centre education and learning 
about it. And many other advantages will readily 
present themselves to the reader. 

But some will say that there would be disadvan- 
tages attending the scheme. I have thought over 
these, but there is not one that does not seem to 
be easily overcome. The principal one is that a 
building half-way between the college and the 
legislative chamber would be inconvenient. If 
there is any force in this objection, why the library 
could be attached to the legislative buildings. Say 
that the latter centre where the flag-staff now 
stands, a library building near the site of the 
monument would be convenient to both institutions, 
especially in these days of telephones and pneu- 
matic tubes. Some will perhaps say that the 
members of the assembly would sometimes ask for a 
book and be told that a student had it - in fact that 
there would be a divergence of interests. But this 
is not a strong objection. Little or no ' clashing ' 
occurs in libraries like those of the British 
museum, though they have a much more heierogene- 
ous class of readers than that which would be 
formed by legislators and students. Moreover, 
members are here for six or eight weeks only, and 
they are not ' heavy ' readers. 

Another great advantage of such a union is that 
the college buildings would be practically enlarged 
without any outlay of college funds. The space 
now devoted to library and reading rooms could be 

given to the museum or used as class rooms, or as- 
signed to the School of Law, of which there is some 
talk of starting in connection with the college. Next 
to the establishment of chairs in law what better 
thing could be attached to a school of law than such 
a library as that formed by the union we here 
advocate. And if it even became necessasy to 
move the law courts up to the park the principal of 
fusion in the matter of libraries could be still 
further extended. Hut at all events the fusion of 
the parliamentary and university libraries appears 
to be an eminently practical proposal. 


The first of the series of organ recitals of which 
the literary society has assumed control, was held 
on Saturday last, in convocation hall, and proved a 
great success. The fine Warren organ which has 
been set up for these recitals, almost covers the 
dais, and diminishes the apparent size of the hall, 
to which, however, it gives pleasing proportions 
and a very pretty appearance. 

Mr. Fisher's programme was the same as 
announced in our last issue, and bespeaks his in- 
tention to cultivate the musical taste of this city ; 
while the masterly manner in which he carried it 
out, proves that none is more qualified so to do. 
i. Fantasie and Fugue, in G minor (Book 2, No. 4). ..Back. 

The success of the performance of a fugue de- 
pends to such a degree upon the practised' skill of 
the organist, and the clearness with which the con- 
stantly recurring theme is evoked, that none of 
moderate musical ear could fail to perceive Mr. 
Fisher's success in this number. 
2. Theme and Variations, Op. 47 Hesse. 

This number was beautifully rendered, the 
changes of time and figure being well marked, and 
the technical difficulties not apparent. 

4. Skizzen, Op. 58, No. 1 Schumann. 

The ' sketches ' no doubt were in a measure new 

to the audience, but they were well appreciated. 

5. Communion, in G major Batiste. 

This is decidedly a sample of the French school 

of organ music. '1 he grand fugue of Bach is the 
ocean in depth, Batiste's Communion the foam on 
its surface. The number was played in a most 
artistic manner. The Globe fall- into an error 
seemingly more than inadvertant in its criticism of 
this piece, and of the ' Last Rose of Summer,' 
which Mr Fisher played in response to an encore. 
The report reads ' The former (Communion) was 
chiefly noticeable for the rapid and running accom- 
paniment on the upper manual, played with the 
left hand, while the right was busy with the theme.' 
The opposite of this was of course the case, the air 
being played on the swell with the left hand, and 
the right hand playing the running accompaniment 
on the great or lower manual. The stopped 
diapason and oboe, with the tremolo are used for 
the 'air, and the flute for the accompaniment. 
7. Fanfare Ltmmens. 

This number was given in a brilliant and dash- 
ing manner, and served to show Mr. Fisher's 
9. Fifth Organ Concerto Handel. 

This grand piece concluded Mr. Fisher's pro- 

gramme which he fulfilled in a manner to show 
him a thorough master of his instrument. Miss 
Brokovski, always a favorite, sang the two solos 
put down for her with much sweetness and effect. 
The reporter above referred to, seems to be at vari- 
ance with musical critics on this point also. The 
Glee Club, while it his no cause for glory, has 
none for discouragement at its debut, and we can 
only advise the members to practice spiritedly, and 
they will yet do themselves and the college credit 

During the organ recital on Saturday last, I 
heard it mentioned by several, chiefly ladies, that 
they would have enjoyed it much more if it had 
been a promenade concert. In this case any of 
the visitors wishing to sit might do so by going up 
to the gallery, or by taking a chair, a few of which 
should be arranged round the room. I might also 
add that it would be advisable to suspend a small 
curtain from the organ bench to hide Mr. Fisher's 
performance on the pedals. G. 

[Any one present at the late concert at Trinity 
College will see that the suggestion above made is 
not practical. Moreover quietness is essential to 
such an organ recital. Whether Mr. Fisher wishes 
the public to see how much of the performance is 
due to the nimbleness of his legs we cannot say. 
but it is a fact that some leading organists on the 
other side are in the habit of pulling a pair of 
white drawers over their legs, and thus attired and 
set off before a black background the public are 
not left in ignorance as to what constitutes legiti- 
mate organ playing. — Ed.] 


Another football match of an international char- 
acter is now on the lists. The Harvards are de- 
sirous of meeting our team on the football field, and 
are willing to play in Boston and gurantee us 8200, 
or to play in Toronto, if we will do the same for 
them. My object in writing this is to rouse the 
students and those who have anything to do with 
our football club to their senses, and show them 
that it is quite possible to raise the required 
amount, and consequently it is quite possible to 
bring the Harvard team here. 

Ii the match was played in October, as it in all 
probability will, when the sun is still hot, it would, 
if properly advertized beforehand, draw a large 
number ' ladies as well as gentlemen — some of the 
former being great enthusiasts about football, and 
seeing that so few matches of that description are 
played in Toronto, they would be sure to attend 
one of so great importance. It only remains now 
for the proper authorities to take the thing in hand, 
and to carry it thro' in a business way. It would 
be necessary to have the funds beforehand, so that 
there would be no delay in handing the required 
sum to the treasurer of the Harvard club as soon 
as they arrived at Toronto. If this step is not 
taken it will be tedious work for those on the 
guarantee fund committee to raise the money after 
the match is over, and in that case our team would 
not need to complain of the slowness of the Ann 
Arbor club in collecting the $100 they guaranteed 
us, and all of which, I believe, is not yet received. 

s. o. c. 

1 We know of several of our students who are 
willing to give $5 to $10 each to bring the Hai vards 
here, and doubtless there are others about the 
college willing to do the same. By all means let 
us have the Cambridge men here next fall. — Ed.] 



A few weeks ago we published the motion of 
Mr. Crooks (made before the benchers of the law 
society) that the degree of graduate in law of the 
university of Toronto should be equivalent to three 
of the five years study ordinarily required of those 
entering the legal profession. At the same time 
we drew attention to the position taken by Queen's 
College Journal, viz: that this privilege should not 
be given to the graduates of Toronto — not because 
they were lacking in either training or fitness, but 
because the proposal did not include the graduates 
in law of all the other universities in the province. 
This was a regular dog-in-the-manger objection, 
and it was to this principally that we entered pro- 
test. We never said the privilege should be denied 
to Queen's or any other institution — provided they, 
showed they were doing the same work as Toronto 
was. This they have not done. Queen's has no 
active faculty in law. But instead in the current 
number of the Journal we have the plea set up 
that some day Queen's may give such degrees, and 
that being the case the Journal is ' not going to 
stand quietly by and see an important principle of 
Canadian university rights violated.' The editor of 
the Journal is referred to Lorimer's Institutes, or 
any other of the authorities where he will learn 
that rights are commensurate with powers. Queen's 
not having powers, is not in a position to talk about 
rights; when she has a faculty of law and graduates 
in law, then the Journal will have good reason to 
defend any disabilities they may labor under. 

We have looked into the calenders of all the 
other universities of the province in the matter of 
degrees in law, and we find that the case of Toronto 
is sni generis. Queen's does not examine for the 
degree of LL.B., neither does Trinity, though she 
gives it to all who pass the Law Society and apply 
for it. Albert and Victoria have regular and special 
courses in law. At Albert you can take four annual 
examinations, or if a barrister-at-law or graduate in 
arts, one special examination, and receive the degree. 
How many of the twelve bachelors of laws of Albert 
took the regular course and how many the specia' 
course we are unable to say. At Victoria a candi- 
date may take four annual examinations in law, or 
if he be a graduate in arts of three years' standing, 
and has been admitted a barrister by the Law 
Society of Ontario, one examination in six books is 
all that is required. If he is a barrister, but not a 
graduate in arts, two examinations are required. 
At Toronto there is only one way to obtain the 
degree of LL.B., and that is to pass five annual 
examinations besides matriculation. Of the.-^e five 
examinations two are similar to the first two in 
arts and the last three exclusively in law. 


That our Freshmen, there being no lack of 
material amongst them, will form a brass band to 
exhibit at the organ recitals. 

That the Knoxmen, instead of being at the socie- 
ty meeting a week ago last night, were spreading 
bread and butter for their conversazione. 

That the 'two hundred University students' who 
exerted their strength as hack-horses for Miss 
Neilson were labor-loving individuals. 

That the decline in the value of gold during the 
week is to be traced to that paragraph in the 
White and Blue on passmen and gold breas t 

That those members of the glee club who made 
themselves martyrs last Saturday blushed with 
modesty at the congratulations of then friends. 

That the tenors who should have done the same 
but did not were sorry for having funked. 


A great many members of the Society would like 
to see a contest for the office of president at the 
coming election. 

The two football clubs will petition the Council 
to put a bath and drinking fountain in their room 
in the basement of the building. 

We have just learned that the Baptists have 
bought a lot in rear of University college, and in- 
tend erecting a divinity hall thereon, the students 
of which will take their literary training in Uni- 
versity college. 

He was an honor man in moderns and was look- 
ing frantic. He had searched two hours for a 
' German prose composition ' as he was heard to 
mutter bet ween his outbursts of— French. Then he 
grew calmer, sadly sat himself down, andremember- 
ing that great men always say something before 
they die, exclaimed ' I guess I didn't bring the 
buch heim.' 

There was a slim attendance at the meeting of 
the Literary Society last night. Mr. Herridge, the 
vice-president was in the chair. Readings were 
given by Messrs. J. Stoddard, Macdonald and 
Ames. Mr. Doel contributed an essay on ' common 
sense.' Only one speaker, Mr. Wade, was on hand 
to take part in the debate ; nevertheless, it was 
decided to hear him, and he accordingly supported 
the negative side of the question 'should the study 
of classssics form part of a university training ?' 
The decision was given for the negative. 

Next week the University Boat Club Committee 
hope to have their prospectus in the hands of the 
graduates, undergraduates, and friends of the 
University, and then will have been taken the first 
decisive step towards the securing of a much- 
desired need. In making this move, the under- 
graduates have imposed upon themselves the more 
laboiious part of the undertaking, the duty of 
collecting the required money, and having done 
this, it then remains for the graduates and under- 
graduates to determine whether or not the proj ct 
can be carried out with the funds at their disposal. 

The annual meeting of University College football 
club, (Rugby), was held yesterday, when officers for 
the coming season were elected. A chairman has 
been elected this year in place of a captain, who 
hereafter is to be chosen by the team. The num- 
ber chosen from each year to form the committee 
has been fixed at three, instead of two, as lormerly. 
The officers are: — Chairman, W. D. Gwynne; 
secy-treasurer, C. Campbell; committeemen, F. 
Keefer, J. McCallum, T. C. Milligan of the third 
year ; J. Caven, A. Campbell, E. F. Langstaff of 
the 2nd year; W, Caven, W. George. E. McKay of 
the i st year. 

The Natural Science Association were unable 
to gain admittance to the School a week ago 
Wednesday, owing to the absence of the caretaker, 
who had been sent on a wild goose chase by a pass- 
man running in and telling him that the bearded 
member of the association had escaped out of the 
enclosure and was creating not a little excitement 
in the park. The caretaker locked the building, 
and at once went in pursuit of the fugitive, and did 
not return till late in the evening. In the mean- 
time the members arrived, and being unable to get 
in, thev adjourned to the nameless house. 


Several articles have of late appeared in the 
White and Blue vindicating with reason and 
justice the pass course among the other courses 
open to students. It would certainly only be doing 
justice to those who choose the pass course were 
honors and scholarships granted for a high standing 
in that course. Although many may pursue the 
pass course thinking the study will be less ardu- 
ous, many others choose it preferring the wider 
range for study afforded by it as well as the greater 
opportunity afforded lor extensive general reading. 
That the large and most highly respected body of 
students who prefer this course for either of the 
above reasons is subject to ' sarcastic insinuations ' 
and ' base allegations ' will be news to the very 
great proportion of undergrads, both pass and 
honor, and while the former would justly be most 
indignant were such feelings prevalent, the latter 
to a man can only look upon the recent articles of 
X. Y. Z. as a gross misrepresentation of their sen- 
timents regarding those not taking an honor course, 
as well as feel indignation at the audacious insult 
directed to the honor men of each department in 
turn. Every undergraduate (save the illustrious 
X. Y. Z.) cannot but feel a deep gratification in 
knowing from personal experience that the cultured 
X. Y. Z. is not a representative passman, nor of 
any other body of any proportions, it is to be hoped. 
Were he a representative there would be a good 
deal of justice if the feeling were prevalent which 
this ' much belittled Canadian gentleman (?) ' 
wrongly supposes to be in existence, for that his 
opinion of honormen is stupidly bigoted, and that 
he is profoundly ignorant of the aim and merits of 
an honor course is most obvious. While the 
mathematician will appreciate the insinuation as 
to his contracted intellect, he will know that there 
is at least one other cranium absolutely hidebound. 
If the science man cannot ' lay claim to culture,' 
he will not grieve deeply over the loss if ' culture ' 
has any connection with the display of ignorance 
referred to, but will be strengthened in his belief 
that man is developed from a superior species. 
And then these 'fellows,' the metaphysicians, will 
be eaten up with remorse on learning that their 
energies have been so aimlessly misdirected, for 
as is suggested, they should live with men rather 
than gods. If our Solon had measured his 'ideas' 
by the ' criterion of truth ' I think less of his bom- 
bast would have reached the columns of the 
White and Blue. Our classical friends will 
greatly regret that so distinguished a scholar should 
' have no further time ' to lay himself out en the 
error of their ways, or to offer them, too, at least 
a little valuable advice. 

But the modernists will be more than satisfied 
to learn that they at least approximate — though 
still at a great distance — to the ideas of our con- 
ceited advocate of what he thinks the suinmuni 
bonum discipular urn . While most students will 
a o ree with me in the opinion that X. Y, Z. has a 
totally erroneous conception of the respect enter- 
j tained for those not taking an honor course, all 
will agree that where a belittling disposition is 
shown its injustice will ensure its suppression. 
While I trust he will dismiss from his mind the 
misconception of the estimation in which he is 
held, it is to be hoped due reflection will convince 
him of the absurdity of his attack on those to 
whom at least a little more honor is due. 




I have read the aiticle written by ' Gef,' and have 
endured with heroic patience, the many slurs cast 
upon the honor courses, and in particular that of 
classics, but I can go no further than the article 
entitled ' An Honorable Order.' ' Gef.' inveighs 
against the tendency of the present curriculum to 
narrow a man's education, and makes this outburst 
the vehicle for a most opprobrious compliment to 
the men of the modern department, saying that the 
men who graduate in classics are unable at the end 
of their course to read them with any pleasure, but 
the men who take moderns have the ability to read 
with ease any of the modern authors. Now, setting 
aside the invidious contrast made between the abili- 
ties of the men of these departments, this state- 
ment is really not correct. Take the most difficult 
Greek author, Plato, and the most difficult modern 
author (read in college), Goethe, and the classical 
man will make the truer translation, and will hit 
the meaning with greater accuracy. But it seems 
to me, all the comparisons made between the 
several departments, rests in a great measure on a 
misconception of what a university training should 
be, and of what it undertakes to do for us. 

The greatest benefit of a university course is not 
the education given, but general culture and the 
broader views we obtain of life and men from our 
intercourse in so large numbers. A university has 
begun to lose its influence when esprit de corps is 
wanting. For men who intend to pursue profes- 
sional life or to enter upon literary pursuits, the 
education which they obtain in their college course 
is merely intended to place them in a position to 
choose their work for life and enter upon a true 
course of study. It is the greatest mistake that we 
can make to suppose that we are now getting our 
education for life, and that it closes when the 
ermine is donned on commencement day. For no 
profession can a university education be in any 
sense final, except for that of teaching, and this is 
not as it should be. 

Another error is in taking for granted that an 
honor man of our department reads nothing but 
his honor work. In my judgment, the greatest 
benefit of an honor course is that it compels men 
to read carefully and with steady application. 
Here I trample upon the fond belief of the pass- 
men, that the several parts of their intellects are 
being nourished, under the fostering care of their 
Alma Mater into a complete whole. It may be so, 
but, looking at the face of the matter, the develop- 
ment seems to be primary. Let us make a small 
generalization from experience, always keeping in 
mind that our standard of reference is the ordinary 
individual of either class. It is notorious that the 
amount of work required to enable a man to ' pass ' 
in any subject is extremely small. I, myself, a 
man of very moderate parts, whose intellect has 
been warped by long study of the dead authors, 
succeeded in passing the ' pass' mathematics of the 
second examination with but little more than half 
a day's work, though I nearly grounded on the bar. 
You will find many others who make the same 
boast in a greater or less degree, though the honor 
due to such an achievement is rather doubtful. 
Indeed, the language at my disposal fails to express 
the contempt which I entertain for examinations 

with such a minimum. Surely no passman will con- 
tend that the intellect is at all increased in breadth 
by passing a hundred such examinations. It is 
rather narrowed, on the contrary, to enable one to 
get through so small a crevice. Again, there is a 
third mistake which is often made. The class of 
men which the vigorous upholders of pass courses, 
or of combinations of several honor courses, have 
in their minds, is that to which the terms ' fags ' or 
'grinds ' is applied, or, the more euphemistic ap- 
pellation of ' reading men.' They hold in abhor- 
rence a man who is so thoroughly soaked in his 
college work that he knows nothing else. So do I, 
but I wish to point out that a man laboring under 
the weight of two, three or more honor depart- 
ments, may have even still less knowledge of any- 
thing that is really useful to a man of the world. 
Many a man who takes several departments through 
his course, thinks, talks and dreams of nothing 
else than his work, makes the end of his course the 
end of his life, and when he graduates has simply 
stepped out of existence in any living sense. His 
mind is indeed harmoniously developed, but it is 
merely a highly complex machine without any mo- 
tive power, and he ceases to be of any interest to 
men around him except as a curious fossil. 

Looking at university life in the way I have stat- 
ed it, a classical course possesses more attractions 
than almost any other to a man who does not in- 
tend to be a specialist ; and, as far as polish and 
knowledge of human life have weight, it is indis- 
pensable. The gentlemen of the modern depart- 
ment have not the monopoly of modern literature, 
neither has Shakespeare made an heirloom of his 
effects to them. I venture to affirm that in our 
university their is better acquaintance with Eng- 
lish literature, of modern times, among men who 
are studying the classics than among those of any 
other department. You may look with disdain upon 
the examinations held in classics, made up as they 
are of petty quibbles and long lisis, and feel sur- 
prised at the weakness in numbers of the teaching 
staff of a department so much vaunted in our uni- 
versity, which should contain three or four good 
men if classics are to be studied at all. The same 
idea often occurs to ourselves, the devotees of 
classics, and perhaps with greater force ; and we 
look with envy upon the departments of meta- 
physics and naturals which are so well supported, 
but still, at the same time, we recognize the real 
value of classical study which forms the basis of a 
great mass of the most active modern thought 
though it is not considered necessary to pad out the 
reviews with hackneyed quotations, and a man's 
fame does not depend so much on a work in three 
volumes on Greek particles or metres. Neither let 
passmen flatter themselves that they can ' laugh 
with Horace at the follies of men,' one of which is 
included in their profession of being able to do so^ 
It may be the case in some universities on the con- 
tinent, but here such a statement must be taken 
cum grano salts. A Lop-sided Man. 


Have you noticed the humble tread of the pro- 
fessors lately around the corriders ? Neither are 
their voices so loud in the class-room, and the 
spirit of superior wisdom has died within them. 

Have you noticed the third year is oppressed 
with gloom ? And second year men have buried 
their woes in organ recitals, and denials futile 
(though presidentially complimented) of a land be- 
yond the grave ? Only the exuberant freshman 
rejoices, the exuberant freshman who knows not 
care, neither is his breast disturbed. 

And have you noticed the wherefore of this thing 
and the cause of this gloom before the porch of 
Learning's palace ? 

Arise, for the cause is not far to seek, and yet it 
has its seat in the deepest recess of the selfish 
human soul. 

It is the oppressive sense of a near higher 

We have now among us — suddenly the knowledge 
has come — a revival of the giants. 'There were 
giants in those days.' Pshaw ! there are giants in 
these days, here, now, at this very moment, time, 
place, amongst us, shaking hands with us, imbib- 
ing with us, passing in and out among us, dii certe. 

O ye, who, about to be what you are about to be, 
are what you are, thanks ! Thanks in that you 
are kind, and, soon to be immortal, deign to be 
mortal. Thanks, class of '80, in this that, com- 
prising in your ranks all the judges, politicians, 
artists, literateurs, knights, governors, princes, and 
elders of this Dominion and what other of earth's 
dominions their great luck calls you to, you still 
veil the brightness in a kindly cloud, still toasting 
your feet (mirab/e dictu ! just as any other mortals !) 
study Kant, ( mirahle diotu again! just like other 
mundanes ! ) smoke the myrtle, drink the bowl, eat, 
sleep, talk, walk, laugh, joke, pay homage to Neil- 
son (oh! for the third time mirable dictu \ like 
other, just for all the world like other mortals ! ) 
thanks. And for this, that while the fire of genius 
is still veiled you will have those features stamped 
by the limner's art that alter mortals may see what 
you were like (and seeing be saved from despair) 
when you toasted your feet, read Kant, smoked, 
eat, drank, slept, talked, walked, just as they 
toast their feet, read Kant, smoke, drink, eat, sleep, 
talk, walk ; for this thing, thanks. 

That ye, who are about to be what you are about 
to be, are what you are, is wonderful, most won- 

And the genius of it ! In ten years ! Genius an- 
nihilates time. 

In ten years, at the dinner that is to be given, in 
the feast of reason that is to come, when these legis- 
lators, judges, knights, g. vernors, princes, and 
elders sit down and tell each other for fear the fact 
should be incredible what ten years back they 
were, what now they are, the wonder and the sad- 
ness of it come together. The sadness of it, aye, 
there's the rub — the sadness of it for us others who 
have toasted our feet, read Kant, eaten, drank, 
smoked, walked, talked, just as they, but being 
what we are, will be what we will be, but not as 

Is Heaven impartial that these things are so, and 
that genius should be hurled broadcast on this 
year, that is not our year, but is just before or after, 
and trebly sad for being so close ? That the legis- 
lators and judges, the knights, the governors, the 
princes and the elders should be picked thence, 
and we be left to serve these greater. 

Is there no chance ? couldn't they scoop another 
year in with them and throw their cloak over us 
eager, and double by such great act their own 
glory ? 

Let us petition. c. 

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and subscriptions 10 

E. }'. DAVIS. 

University College. 


There are some anomalies in connection with this 
examination which I wish briefly to mention through 
the columns of The White and Blue, trusting 
that by so doing they may come under the notice 
of those interested in the welfare of our university. 

There are several ways by which one can enter 
upon the professional studies of some one of our 
main medical curricula, and if all these methods 

were on the same footing, then that course which 
would likely prove the most useful would certainly 
become the most popular. But these modes o* 
entering are, however, far from being on an equality 
There is an examination before the Council of the 
College of Physicians and Surgeons, and one for 
each university, which are calculated to test a man's 
literary attainments, also to give him the right of 
proceeding at once to special branches of study. 

The various other universities accept the Council 
matriculation with the exception of Toronto. This 
regulation has been in existence only for a short 
time - its effects being felt for the first time last 
spring. The consequence is that nearly all take 
the Council entrance examination and apply for 
acceptance and registration in some university, 
which as I have above stated is granted by all except 
Toronto. The effect is to reduce the number of 
medical students on the class list. The excellence 
of the curriculum of Toronto Uuiversity would 
render her degree in medicine very popular, were 
it not for this one drawback. Not many candidates 
for matriculation are willing to read two different 
sets of texts, and come to the city on two separate 
occasions to pass the examinations. The Council 
does not accept Toronto University men, nor does 
Toronto University accept the Councilmen. Here 
then is a deadlock, and as stated nearly all take the 
examination prescribed by the Council, and on its 
guarantee enter Trinity or Cobourg. Out of about 
eighty first year students, Toronto shall not likely 
receive more than a dozen. The strength of a 
university lies in the number of her graduates, and 
to lessen this number is simply to weaken her by 
so much. This loss Toronto may yet feel, indeed, 
has felt. A more liberal policy with regard to 
accepting the educational standard of others is 
necessary. It is not the stringency of entrance 
work, but the excellence of the after course that 
constitutes the main boast of a medical education. 
No one would attempt to deny that a good literary 
training is highly desirable in any special pro- 
fession ; yet when the difference lies in the discrim- 
ination between two matriculation examinations, 
practically equal, it is very mueh like straining at 
gnats and swallowing camels. The easiest way to 
overcome this anomaly is for the Senate of Toronto 
University and the Council to agree upon a suitable 
matriculation in mediqjne which shall be accepted 
by both. It is clear unjustice to force candidates 
to come twice to the city from distant parts of the 
province — it may be from other provinces — to pass 
two examinations when one is all that is really 
required. As things now stand there is no alterna- 
tive. The Council examination is absolutely com- 
pulsory. To avoid two examinations, and the time 
and expense of coming twice to the city to pass 
them the great majority go to other universities. 

It may be said in reply that the council accepts 
the matriculation in arts of any university. This 
is quite true ; but it will never meet tbe difficulty. 
The arts matriculation will never be a popular 
mode of entering the medical course. 


There was an unintentional mis-statement in our 
reference to the law examinations of this university 
last week. Special provision is made for barristers 
admitted to the Law Society or for graduates in 
arts of a certain number of years standing taking 
the degree outside of the ordinary course. 

We cannot altogether agree with our correspon- 
dent of last week who advocated the formation of 
a provincial library out of our university library 
and the legislative library. His proposal is hardlv 
practical. But there is no reason why, under proper 
regulations, our students should not have access to 
the parliamentary library when it is located in the 
park. Under such an arrangement they would have 
access to over sixty thousand volumes, a privilege 
enjoyed by very few colleges on this continent. 

The Journal has completely changed its tune on 
the question of degrees in law. It is now doing its 
best to stir up the authorities of Queen's to start 
a department of law — a much more legitimate task 
than that of trying to hinder the passage of the 
motion before the Law Society respecting bache- 
lors of laws of this university. 


The circular about to be issued by the 
students to the friends, graduates, and under- 
graduates of the University, asking for their 
aid in establishing a boating association, is 
published below. The history of the scheme from 
its inception is as follows: — Some time ago r. meet- 
ing of students to consider the matter was held ; a 
unanimous feeling in favor of the project was mani- 
fested; a committee was appointed to issue a pro- 
spectus and take charge of all moneys collected ■ 
and now the prospectus is about to be sent out. 
The powers of this organizing committee cease 
when they report and hand oyer the money to a 
general meeting of the graduates and under- 
graduates to be called hereafter, when the associa- 
tion will be duly organized, a site will be selected, 
and a boat house erected. The whole policy 
of the club is left to this future meeting. The 
organizing committee are taking on themselves the 
onerous duty of collecting the three thousand dol- 
lars necessary to put the scheme on a good founda- 
tion. Provision has been made for the addition of 
other names to the committee, and a further effort 
will be made to have it as representative as possible. 

University College, Feb., 1880. 

Dear Sir.- -The establishment of a university 
boat club has long been considered desirable \;\ 
many graduates and undergraduates of Toronto 
university ; and the latter believe that the time has 
come, when with sufficient encouragement from the 
friends of the institution, the scheme can be suc- 
cessfully carried through. 

The necessity of combining physical exercise 
with mental exertion long since led to the establish- 
ment of boat clubs at many oft lie great universities oi 
Europe and America, and the same reason exists 
here for following the example which has been set 
in these countries. 

The present proposal is to lease or purchase a 
site on which to erect a suitable club house, supply 
the necessary boats, and commence active opera- 
tions as soon as possible. 

It is intended that the club, once established, 
shall be entirely self-supporting, as there is no 
doubt that a large number of members can be 
secured not only from men in Toronto, but also 
from those scattered throughout the Province, 
as the club house (apart from legitimate athletic 
purposes,) will form a pleasant meeting place for 
old college friends. 

The first outlay will of course be considerable. 
It is estimated that S3000 at least will be required 
to float the scheme; but with this amount guaran- 
teed, the undergraduates feel sure the project can 
be carried through, and they are prepared to use 
all their endeavors to make the club worthy of our 
Alma Mater. 

The scheme has the hearty sympathy of the pro- 
fessors and faculty in general, and accordingly it 
only remains for the grkduates and friends of the 
college to come forward and lend their liberal sup- 
port for the' university boat club to become an 
established fact. 

The undergraduates trust that they will not 
appeal to your generosity in vain, and that you 
will fill up the enclosed card with as large an 
amount as you can afford to bestow on so worthy 
an object. 

Yours truly, 


Secretary of Committee for Organization of 

Toronto University Boat Cltib. 

Committee— C. C. McCaul, B. A.; J. A. Cul- 
ham, B.A. ; W. J. Loudon ; W. F. Maclean ; H. 
A. Fairbank ; D. Armour; E. W. H. Blake; H.T. 
Brock; W. K. Macdougall ; H. B. Wright. 

During the last five years the establishment of a 
university boat club has frequently been a subject 
of consideration by the undergraduates and retiring 
graduates, and it has only been because the opinion 
prevailed that the time had not come for the suc- 
cessful carrying out of the idea, that active steps 
have not before now been taken for its realization. 
Now, however, it has been determined to commence 
operations ; and as the work progresses, the en- 
couragement met with on all sides, indicates that 
the efforts are not being made in vain, and will 
ultimately be crowned with success. 

Late in January last a meeting of the under- 
graduates was called, when a committee was 
appointed to issue a prospectus and collect money. 
But here there power ends. To a meeting of gradu- 
ates and undergraduates to be held in May, this 
committee is to hand over the money collected. If 
the meeting feel that the funds at its disposal war- 
rants the carrying out of the project, it only re- 
mains to set about work at once. 

It must be evident to everyone that there is much 
to be done ; and it is only by the hearty co-opera- 
tion of the graduates and undergraduates with the 
committee that the boat club can ever be establish- 
'■'1, and if established, lie maintained. * If the sub- 
ject is not talked up and supported by every uni- 
versity man, but is left to the few — as unfortunately 
to many of our undertakings are — it will meet with 
but poor if any success. 

Individuals may argue that they cannot see how 
they are to derive any personal benefit from a 
university boat club. This want of spirit which 
has such a wide spread existence among us, is fatal 
in its effects, and the sooner it is got rid of, the 
better. In all European and American universities 
every man is a member of the boat club, even if he 
never sees a boat from the beginning to the end of 
his academic career. Not everyone can be an 

active member, but this should not prevent him 
from supporting an institution which affords the 
opportunity of physical exercise to all, and thus 
better fit them for mental exertion. Few things 
put the names of Oxford and Cambridge in the 
mouth of everybo y so readily as a contest between 
their eights. 

The success of the project will be in proportion 
to the amount of interest evinced in it, and it is 
therefore the duty of every university man to use 
al! his own endeavors, aud secure those of others, 
to aid the committee, who will be very glad of the 
help, to make the club what the University of 
Toronto boat club should be, not the last, but the 
first in the Dominion. 

G. G. S.~ L. 


The regular meeting was held on Wednesday 
evening last. C. C. McCaul B. A., was proposed 
for membership. 

Mr. A. McGill read a paper on the 'ossifications 
of the visceral arches ' tracing their development, 
describing their structure, pointing out their 
homologies and the modifications which they present 
in different classes of the vertebrata. 

Mr. S. Philps read an interesting paper on aerial 
navigation showing the various improvements made, 
the difficulties still to be overcome, and its uses. 

Mr. E. F. Langstaff" read a paper descriptive of 
the atomic theory and the methods employed in 
determining the atomics weights of the elements 
and the number of atoms in thedifferent molecules. 

In answer to questions, Mr. J. Nason enumerated 
the instances in which circular muscle fibres occur 
external to the longitudinal fibres; and Mr. J. 
McBride, described the relations and functions of 
the different \ ..rts of the reproductive organs in 
the trematodes. 


It is our painful duty to record the death of one 
of our students, Mr. W. O. Guthrie of the first year, 
which took place at his home on Queen St., 19th 
inst. He was a young man of exemplary character; 
and his kindly manner won the respect of all his 
fellow students. He died of typhoid fever complic- 
ated with pneumonia. 

The regular meeting of the Literary and Debat- 
ing Society was held on 19th, inst, when the 
following gentlemen were elected officers for next 
year, J. T. Duncan, president, W. E. Edmonson, 
vice-president ; W. Johnson, secretary ; W. A. Ross, 
treasurer; G. S Bingham, J Bell and W. A. 
Watson, committee. Mr. J. Ferguson then read an 
essay on ' The Ethnology of the Jews.' F. 

The Gilchrist scholar of 1877 was Wm. L. 
Goodwin of Mount Allison college, Sackville, N.B. 
His record in the old country is thus given by the 
Argosy : London : 1st B. Sc. first division, with 
honors in chemistry and physics. Edinburgh : 
medal and first-class honors in chemistry ; Hope 
scholarship (value /50), with which is associated 
the position of ' Hope assistant to the professor of 
chemistry ; ' medal and first prize in physics ; 
Neil Arnot prize of the value of /50. 



The Senate of the University of Toronto met on 
Monday last and appointed the examiners for 1880. 
Appended is the list, the names of graduates of 
this Univer. ity being marked by an asterisk : — 

George "Kennedy, M.A., LL.D. (gold medallist 
in metaphysics. iS=>7), Toronto. T. D. *Delamere, 
M.A. (silver medallist in metaphysics, 1S66), 

Physiology and Comparative Anatomy — Win. 
Osler, M.D. (McGill, 1872; professor of institutes 
of me Heine, McGill College), Montreal, 

Surgery and Anatomy — E. C. Malloch, M.D. 
(McGill, 1863), Hamilton. 

Medicine and Therapeutics —J. Workman. M.D. 
(late superintendent of the asylum of the Insane), 

Midwifery and Rfedical Jurisprudence — Daniel 
Clark, M.D. (superintendent asylum of the Insane), 


Chemistry — Wm. H. Pike, M.A. (Oxon ; profes- 
sor of chemistry, University College), Toronto. 

Natural History- Charles S. Minot, S.B., S.D. 

Greek and Latin — John *Fletcher, M.A. (Oxon ; 
gold medallist, classics, Toronto, 1872 ; professor in 
the University of New Brunswick). Rev. F. H. 
'Wallace, M.A., D.D. (gold medallist, classics, 
1873), Toronto. F. W. *Kerr, M.A. (Oxon ; gold 
medallist, classics, 1875), Toronto. 

Mathematics — Charles Carpmael, M.A. (sixth 
wrangler Cantab, 1869 ; superintendent of the 
M«t«rolofi' c al 3orvice). Toronto. A. K. *Blacka- 
dak, B.A. (gold medallist, mathematics, 1876), 
Ottawa. F. E. "Hayter, B.A. (gold medallist, 
mathematics, 1878), Ottawa. 

English and History— F. E.*Seymour, M.A. (gold 
medallist, modern languages, 1864), Madoc. J. H. 
"Long, B.A. (gold medallist, modern languages, 
1873), Brantlord. 

Modern Languages — Rev. James Roy, M.A. 
(Victoria), Montreal. Rev. Reinhold von Pirch 
(University of Berlin), Toronto. 

Mineralogy and Geology — George M. Dawson, 
F. G. S., (geological survey of Canada), Ottawa. 

Mental and Moral Science — Rev. Geo. P. Young, 
M.A. (Edin. ; professor of metaphysics and ethics, 
University College), Toronto. Rev. J. Clarke Mur- 
ray, LL.D. (Glasgow ; professor of logic, and men- 
tal and moral philosophy, McGill College), Mon- 

Oriental Languages — Rev. J. M. King, M. A., 
(Edin.), 1'oronto. 

Meterology — Chas. Carpmael, M.A. 

civil engineering. 

J. "Galbkaith, M.A.,C.E.(gold medallist, mathe- 
matics, and prince's prizeman, 1868, and professor 
of civil engineering. School of Practical Science), 

The examinations in medicine begin on Wednes- 
day, April 14th, and the examinations in law, arts, 
and civil engineering on May 5th.- 


At the annual meeting of the Rugby Union foot- 
ball club the following by-laws were adopted : 

1. The club shall be called the University 
College Rugby Union Football Club. 

2. All graduates, undergraduates and non- 
matriculants shall be eligible as members. 

3 The officers shall be a chairman, captain. 

secretary-treasurer and three committeemen select- 
ed from each of the first three years. 

4. Two more committee men shall be elected in 
October from and by the then first year. 

5. The committeemen shall collect the subscrip- 
tions from their respective years. 

6. The election of all officers, with the exception 
of the captain and the two committeemen from the 
fiist year, shall take place, by ballot, at the annual 

7. The annual meeting shall be held in Feb'y. 

8. The teams shall be elected annually by the 
committee early in the Michaelmas term. 

9. Undergraduates and non-matriculants shall 
alone be eligible as members of the team, or 

10. The chairmnn shall president all meetings 
of the club and committee, and in his absence the 
captain, if both be absent the sec'y. 

11. The sec. -treasurer shall keep correct minutes 
of all meetings of the club and committee, shall 
receive and ac -ount for all moneys belonging to 
the club, shall pay all expenses and at the annual 
meeting submit his report. 

12. Five members shall form a quorum, of the 

13. The chairman may at any time call a meet- 
ing of the club or committee and must do so if re- 
quested by any three members. 

14. The annual subscription shall be 25cts. 

15. All matches shall be arranged by the captain 
and secretary except such as are played with clubs 
out of Toronto, which shall be arranged by the 

16. The captain shall notify his team of all 
matches by placing a notice on the board at least 
two days before they come off. 

17. The captain shall be appointed from and by 
the team as early as possible after their election. 

18. The chairman, captain and secy-treas. are 
ex-officio members of the committee. 

19. Ten members shall form a quorum of the 

20. Any member desiring to make a change in 
the by-laws shall notify the chairman of his motion 
coupled with the names of at least two other 

21. The chairman shall then post the motion 
upon the board and call a general meeting for a 
day not earlier than two weeks from the date of the 

22. A two-thirds vote of the members present 
shall be necessary to alter the by-laws. 


M. M. Fenwick, B. A., '79,' assistant master in 
Rockvvood Academy, was married recently. 

The Association football club has been practis- 
ing a good deal of late. 

The students of the School of Science are now 
engaged in taking pratical lessons in land surveying. 
The park is their favorite field of operations. 

Several cases of specimens for the museum 
arrived this week from Paris, and are now being 

The glee club has ordered a copy of Carmina 
Collegensia, and they will soon be engaged on some 
of the college choruses contained therein. 

The annual meeting of the football club (Asso- 
ciation rules) will be held on Wednesday next in 
Prof. Young's lecture room, at three o'clock. A 
full attendance is expected. 

Several communications have been received 
from students anent the pond which was filled for 
a few days lately. Junius, Jr., suspects the rowing 
club intend utilizing it ; another thinks the natural 
science professors wish to obtain specimens therein; 
another that our friends of the Baptist college, soon 
to be erected near by, hope to use it for purposes 
of immersion. 


The one hundred and fifteenth meeting of this 
society was held last night, Mr. Goldwin Smith in 
the chair. D. B. Kerr read an essay on Byron as 
a poet ; T. E. Inglis gave a reading — Macauley's 
' War of the League.' The subject for debate, 
'Is life worth living?' was discussed by Messrs. 
Gilmour and Maclean on the affirmative, and on 
the negative by Messrs. Jackson and Davis. The 
chairman in reviewing the debate shewed, in a few 
well put remarks, the vast inductive nature of the 
question, and said that in taking this life without 
any belief in a hereafter into account, he was totally 
at a loss, and consequently gave no decision. With 
a vote of thanks to Mr. Goldwin Smith for his 
kindness in acting as chairman, and to the ladies 
for their presence, the meeting adjourned. 

There has been considerable talk and corres- 
pondence in these columns in regard to a football 
match next fall between our Rugby club and the 
Harvard team. From what we can learn these 
reports rest on a conversation between one of our 
students and a member of the Harvard team. 
Nothing officially has passed between the clubs, 
though there is no reason why a challenge should 
not, and one probably will, soon be sent from one 
side or the other. 

The Journal (Queen's college) Feb. 7th, had a 
moet peculiar article on ' university consolidation.' 
It occupied two pages, was printed in small type 
aad over the heading was displayed in large letters 
the word 'contributed,' the editor evidently not 
wishing to father it in any way. To the writer, 
university consolidation is an impossibility ; but to 
show this was only a secondary aim ;his great object 
was to belittle University College. After he has be- 
littled it down sufficiently (in his estimation) he 
turns round and says Queen's college is as good 
a college, if not.'perhaps, a little better — than Uni- 
versity College anyway. He is entitled to his 
opinion, and so is that old lady in the Rockwood 
asylum who thinks she is Queen Victoria, and who 
holds mock court in bedlam. But people some- 
times laugh at her pretensions. 

Queen's College has no colors and the Journal 
is trying to stir up the students to adopt some. 

Princeton expects to have Hanlan's trainer to 
look after their class crews. 

M. C. Cameron, M.P., of Goderich has founded 
a scholarship of $60 per annum to be given to the 
best Gaelic scholar or speaker in Queen's college, 

Quite an excitement was raised the other day, 
when a senior was caught sewing on buttons with 
mucilage. That was the way the tailors fastened 
them on, he said. — The Argosy. 

At Harvard, one-third of the class which enters 
college is lost before graduation. At Yale, about 
two-fifths of the entering class is left behind. At 
Columbia, between twenty-five and forty per cent. 

There was a fair maiden at Vassar, 
In drawing no one could surpass her, 

She drew like Lorraine, 

Both a very long train, 
And a check that astonished the cashier. 

— Yah- Record. 



In a late number of the White and Blue there 
appeared an article on a subject which has not 
attracted the attention" it deserves. I mean the 
question of a September term. I propose enumerat- 
ing some of the advantages which such a change 
would entail, and taking exception to what appears 
to me an error on the part of L in his article. He 
says ' September is not particularly pleasing as a 
holiday month.' This is simply incorrect. Every 
one admits that September is one of the finest 
months of the Canadian year. With it the intense 
heat of August begins to mitigate. It is in fact 
the mean between the two extremes of summer 
and winter. On the score, however, of its being an 
unpleasant month, L urges the desirability of 
including it in the Michaelmas term. For the 
opposite reason I adopt the same view. September 
is a cricket month, a football month, and a boating 
month. If, then, our college boat club is to be a 
success, it is not only desirable, but absolutely 
necessary, that September should be the beginning 
of the term. The idea of getting up a boat club 
for the sake of one rowing month carries absurdity 
i>n the face of it. October is a rowing month. 
November certainly is not ; nor will anyone, be he 
ever so an enthusiastic admirer of our Canadian 
climate, claim April as such. According, then, to 
the present terms, October is the only month in 
which the boats could be used. It is true that the 
men who live in Toronto would have the benefit 
of the club during the summer. But are the rest 
of the students to be expected to contribute yearly 
to a club of which the Toronto men would alone 
enjoy the benefit, and in which they themselves 
would, in all probability, never handle an oar ? If. 
however, the terms were changed there would be 
three clear rowing months — September, October, 
and May. This would enable the crews to have 
two annual races if they desired. One at the end 
of October, the other at the end of May. Some 
one will, perhaps, object that if the academical 
year commence in September the spring examina- 
tions will take place in April. Certainly. I think, 
however, I shall not be thought too rash if I say 
that the crews of the previous autumn would be 
willing to remain in Toronto during May, a month 
in which there is little going on elsewhere to make 
it desirable for them to leave town. 

From what I have said it may be supposed I hat 
I wish to oppose the boat club scheme. Nothing 
is further from my intentions. I heartily hope it 
may be carried through. All I say is, that with the 
terms as they are a boat club is impossible. 

But it is not boating only that would be benefitted 
by the change ; football, cricket, athletics gener- 
ally would share in the advantage. The yearly 
complaint amongst the students is that by the time 
we are able to celebrate our annual games the 
weather is too uncertain to be depended upon, and 
too cold for the spectators. It is the same with 
the football clubs. As soon as the teams are 
organized and in working order the season has 
almost reached its close. 

And then again the cricket club, which is at pre- 
sent almost a nonentity, with an additional playing 
month, might become as popular amongst us as 

So far I have considered the gain which would 
follow from an earlier term only trom an atheletic 
point of view. The benefits from a reading point 
of view are. as L pointed out, obvious. The final 
cram, for instance, which generally takes place 
during March and April would be greatly obviated, 
as more work would have to be done during the 
Michaelmas term. The abolition of this bane of 
our college course, which is comparatively unknown 
in England, should alone be sufficient to recom- 
mend the change to the College Council. 

Another advantage would be this. The lectures 
would commence at a time when botanical and 
zoological subjects could easily be procured for the 
natural history classes. The difficulty ofprocuting 
these, under the present arrangement, lays the pro- 
fessors under a considerable disadvantage in illus- 
trating their lectures. 

I have not yet mentioned thecollegeexaminations. 
If the College Council are still determined to retain 
these wearisome encumbrances a September term 
would not necessitate their abolition. The first 
might still continue to be held in December and 
the second during the first week of April, thus 
postponing the university examinations until, sav 
the 12th, leaving ample time for their completion 
before the end of the month. Such an arrange- 
ment would not interfere with the schools of the 
province. The matriculation examination, which is 
all that concerns them, would still be held in June. 

I have endeavoured to put the case as plainly as 
possible, and I hope L will pardon me if in doing 
so I have gone over again a good deal of the ground 
which he has already covered. If a few more wer c - 
to take the question up and it should be found to 
meet the general approval of the students a petition 
might be got up and sent in to the Council before 
the close of the present term. 


I the team will be willing to meet and go into acthe 
training some time before the term commences. As 
there are no fourth year men on the team now it is 
probable that, unless some very good men matricu- 
late in June, the present team will be 
next term. At any rate, 12 of the team might be 
selected before vacation with the understanding 
that some of them may, at the discretion of the 
committee, be compelled to resign should better 
men present themselves. This would leave at least 
three places open to the freshmen, and give the 
rest of the team an opportunity ot training befoic 
the commencement of the term. The match at 
Detroit last year, though a draw, was in favor of 
the Ann Arbor men, and few will deny that 
Harvard is a better team than theirs. Our men, 
then, must, if they expect to have any success 
against Harvard — or any oth^r first-class club- 
put in considerable practice, and with this in view 
be willing to go into a regular course of training fo, 
at least six weeks before the game. 

As regards the place for the match there will be 
some difference of opinion. Our own ground, 
although there may be some objections -to it, is on 
the whole the best. If men were placed at the foui 
gates of entrance to collect tickets they could, with 
the assistance of policemen, easily prevent any but 
ticket-holders from entering. And even if any 
unwelcome visitors should come over the tenet 
their presence would not financially trouble us, as 
the requisite number of tickets shall have been 
disposed of beforehand. Rugby. 


The last number of the White and Blue con- 
tained some remarks on the subject of a match with 
Harvard next Autumn. I have been given to 
understand that Harvard would be willing to play 
in Toronto if a sum of $200 were guaranteed them. 
This sum could easily be raised. I would suggest 
the following plan : If the tickets were put at 50c. 
each, a sale of 400 would be necessary. The com- 
mittee consists of 14 members. If, then, each 
member undertook to dispose of 30 tickets, or 
failing to do so to make good the amount, a sum of 
over $200 would be obtained. In a place like 
Toronto the sale of 400 lickets could be a matter of 
no difficulty, and could only fail through the negli- 
gence or indifference of the committee. Thus, 
then, would the guarantee fund be secured, and as 
' S. O. C remarked, could be handed to the 
treasurer of the visiting club on their arrival. Judg- 
ing from the remarks of several of the students I 
have no hesitation in saying that sufficient money 
could be raised by contributions not only to pay 
for advertising, but also to entertain the Harvard 
men at dinner the evening after the match. 

Now, as regards the time, the last week in 
October is as early as we could expect to be able 
to play ; and even then, only on the supposition that 


A good deal of newspaper talk has been going on 
lately about Miss Neilson ; a certain class seem to 
consider it the right thing to run down her acting 
and contrast it unfavorably with thatof Other artists, 
especially foregin ones. 1 have never had the 
pleasure of visiting Europe, and therefore have i ( , 
confine my ideas of good acting chiefly to the 
Toronto stage: and there maj be, possibly are, 
better actresses than Miss Neilson. but there is no 
doubt that she has surpassed all others who haw- 
visited Toronto, in the portrayal of Shakespeare's 
heroines, and for anyone to sneer at the enthusiasm 
(roused by such beauty and talent) of a numbei of 
college boys seems to me to show, not only a narrow 
mind, but one entirely incapable of appreciating the 
beautiful. Should Miss Neilson give us the pleas 
ure of again seeing her in Toronto, I have no doubl 
there will be found plenty of college boys ready to 
brave the sneers of the ill-natured and draw her 
home i A 1 ack. 

The diploma of the dental department ot Michi- 
gan and Harvard are the only ones in America 
that admit their possessor topractice in the British 

Princeton (future) telescope, 11 inch. ; Harvard 
college, 15 in. ; Hamilton, 15 inch.; Michigan uni- 
versity, 12.5 inch.; Vassar, 12.3 inch.; Oxford 
England, 12.2 inch.; Cambridge, England, 12 
inch. The Princeton glass has been ordered 
from Clark, of Cambridge, Mass It will be 

about the fifth or six in size in the world. — Prince- 


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[Horace, Odes III, 18.] 
O Faunus! who sportest with Naiads shy, 
My broad sunny fields come and fructify, 
And may all the nurselings in safety lie, 

When thou hast departed; 
For thee falls a kid when the year grows cold, 
Rich wines in abundance our goblets hold, 
And incense so sweet from thy altar old 

Is heavenward started. 

The cattle all sport on the grassy plain, 
When festal December comes round again, 
The i.x free U om toil and the joyful swain 

Find rest in the meadows; 
The lambkins from fear of the wolf are free, 
The wood on the ground spreads its leaves for thee, 
The labourer dances with spiteful glee 

Till long are the shadows. 

A.W. W 


There is certainly a feeling amongst graduates, 
that the meetings of the Senate should be conducted 
with open doors, and this feeling is shared in gen- 
eral!) by the students, not to mention outsiders 
who take an interest in our only provincial university 

It seems very strange that a body so largely 
elective as the Senate should carry on its business 
in this secret manner. It may well be asked, how 
can the graduates, who elect members at con- 
vocation, or the high school masters, who have a 
representative ; or, again, the different colleges, 
know what their delegates are doing ? Were our 
parliaments to try any such system, they would 
justly incur the indignation of the people. 

But perhaps some may say that other university 
senates sit with closed doors. This is true ; yet it 
does not follow that it is right. The comparison 
between Toronto and other universities is by no 
means a fair one ; for while they are secular, and 
might be called the educational organs of some 
church, ours is supported by public funds, in the 
proper expenditure of which all are alike interested. 
If the various religious denominations allow the 
senates of their universities to hold close meetings, 
it can never be adduced as an argument in favor 
of the provincial university senate so acting. Every 
class and denomination are equally interested in 
the latter, while only a small section of the people 
are concerned with the former. 

Setting aside all such claims, however, to open 
meetings, there remains another of no small weight. 
By this mode of procedure the university weakens, 
very materially, her hold upon the sympathies and 
support of former graduates. They leave the col- 
lege halls, soon to forget their university, and 
indeed if they remember anything, it is the college 
and not the university. The university comes to 
occupy a back ground position, and the college 
very much that of a secular institution. Open 
meetings is the only remedy that can be offered for 
this evil, entire want of tone and sympathy. 

Surely it seems a bad precedent, when the lead- 
ing educational board in the province, and one 
holding such high trusts, discharges these duties 
so that not even the constituents of the different 
members know what is being done. 

The idea of a' Presbyterian University of Canada ' 
is not approved of by Queen's College Journal. It 
callsit an 'extraordinary proposal' which the govern- 
ment would never sanction, says the proposed 
test (one examination) would be insufficient to settle 
whether a man was fit to hold the degree of B. IX, 
and that such a degree-granting board would be 
partial to certain candidates. As a way out of the 
difficulty the same papei suggests that the Presby- 
terian colleges affiliate with Queen's, send represen- 
tatives to its senate, and take their degrees from that 



The second of the series of organ recitals was 
given on Saturday last, in Convocation Hall, and 
those who attended the former one could not have 
been surprised at the large audience, so greatly in- 
creased by the on dits to which Mr. Fisher's suc- 
cess on that occasion gave rise. His programme 
was fully up to the standard, the severely classical 
standard, by which Mr. Fisher is guided in the 
choice of his pieces, 
i. Toccata and Fugue, in D minor Bach 

The opening measures of the Toccata prelude to 
this sublime fugue thrilled the audience by its 
wild harmony, and riveted their attention through- 
out the rendition of this number. 
2. Adagio, Op. 35 Merkel 

This perhaps was the most enjoyable number of 
the programme. It is a piece which begets, in a 
sympathetic mind, the liveliest fancies, as attention 
is paid, now to one, now to another, of the contra- 
puntal melodies concealed by harmony, and then 
to the ensemble, when one thinks to hear a chorus 
of Nature's voices. 

4. Skizzen, Op. 58, No. 2 Schumann 

These sketches promise to become a most inter- 
esting part of future programmes, if one can judge 
from the increase in appreciation which marked the 
reception of this number, as compared with that 
which the same one gained at the first recital. 

5. Ave Maria Liszt 

This, a familial piece to music lovers, was in- 
vested by Mr. Fisher with new beauties, or .rather 
its inherent beauties were made plainer to the ear 
by his artistic rendering of it. 

7. Offertoire, Op. 3 Batiste 

Though not composed in such a taking manner as 

" Communion," this work of Batiste proved very 
enjoyable to the andience. 

8. Chromatische Fantasie Thiele 

In the evoking of chromatic effects none but a 

true musician can be successful ; and, by the mas- 
terly manner in which Mr. Fisher treated this 
fancy, he aroused the warmest admiration. It in- 
deed seemed rudeness to be asked to come from 
the very mountain-tops of sublimity to the ridicu- 
lousness of a irog-pond as the whole audience were, 
when the glee club sang its first note thereafter . 
but, after all, this is a practical world, and some 
at least might thank the club for returning them to 
earth, to which they, floating high above it in 
imagination, and dreading the leap downward 
seemed never likely to return, when Mr. Fisher 

Miss Maddison sang Mr. Fisher's song, ' Love is 
King,' in a very pleasing manner, showing alike 
the richness of her voice and the beauty of the 
composition. Her articulation might, however, 
have been a little more distinct, though this perhaps 
was occasioned by a slight hoarseness. The beau- 
tiful aria, 'Oh! Rest in the Lord,' from ' Elijah,' 
she sang with precise taste and refined feeling. 

The glee club rendered Kucken's ' Soldier's 
Love' in a very creditable manner ; but a little 
more attention must be paid to articulation and 
effect by the bassos ; in which sense, we take it, the 

Globe reported them as being deficient — in point of 
numbers they certainly were not. The strength of 
the voices was shown in a college chorus given as 
an extra, before the national anthem, and we have 
heard this latter sung with an effect a great deal 
more indifferent than the club gave it. 


Whenever a new project of any kind is mooted' 
there is pretty certain to be somebody who will 
come forward to croak about the difficulties to be 
overcome ; and it seems that I have been unani- 
mously elected to the somewhat disagreeable and 
thankless office of croaker to the proposed boat 
club. However, I accept the position; for, while in 
reality strongly in favor of the general purpose of 
the scheme, I do not believe in allowing enthusiasm 
to run away with common sense. 

Let me then, in the first place, call attention to 
an inaccuracy in the article which lately appeared 
in these columns on ' The Rowing Association.' 
I thought it was pretty well understood that the 
present committee had no intention of handling 
any money. Our circular simply solicits a promise 
of pecuniary support, ' /'/; the event of the graduates 
and undergraduates ' determining to carry out the 
project ; and it is only after this has occurred 
and the future policy of the club been decided, that 
the question of collecting money can arise — and be- 
fore that stage of the proceedings arrives the duties 
of the present committee will be at an end. Nor 
do I consider that the members of the com- 
mittee are bound to support the ' present propo- 
sal,' if any other is presented, which may seem to 
them individually more worthy of support. Such 
being my view of the situation, I cannot be accused 
of not having at heart the best interests of the pro- 
posed club, in suggesting another less ambitious 
scheme, which will not involve the expenditure of 
such a very large sum on so experimental an object. 
While strongly in favor of the experiment being 
tried, we should not forget that if is an experiment, 
and that there is no use making it more extrava- 
gant than actually necessary. The success of a 
boat club does not depend alone on the funds sub- 
scribed, but on the active support of its members; 
and though it is just possible that ja crew would 
occasionally be found willing to devote a large 
amount of money and time to the club, the difficul- 
ties in the way of securing a fairly large active 
membership, arising from our long vacation, must 
not be under-estimated ; and I think before we de- 
cide to spend $3,000 (I do not doubt that the 
amount will be cheerfully subscribed), the subject 
should be carefully considered from every point of 

The plan I would suggest is not altogether new- 
Up to a certain point, it is identical with the pre- 
sent proposal, as it involves the organization of a 
Toronto University boat club, and the collection of 
funds to start the scheme ; but where it differs is, 
that, instead of expending $3,000 in erecting a club 
house for ourselves, I feel certain that we could 
make a satisfactory arrangement with some of the 
numerous boat-builders along the bay to accom. 
modate our boats and ourselves at a moderate 

yearly rental, say two or three hundred dollars. 
We should, of course, have to purchase a couple of 
good boats, and possibly to pay the wages of a 
• coach,' but it is perhaps unnecessary now to dis- 
cuss the details of such a plan. I think there can 
be little doubt that it is feasible, and though not 
very ambitious, it presents a way of avoiding the 
danger of literally throwing our money into the 
lake, and it would at the same time be at least a 
beginning. If we found the club well supported 
and fairly successful we might then feel warranted 
jn undertaking the expense of erecting a club-house 
for ourselves. 

C. C. McCaul. 


The annual meeting of University College Foot- 
ball Association, held on Wednesday last, was well 
attended, The secretary's report showed the 
membership to be 6S, an increase of four over that 
of last year. Nine matches were played during 
the season, with the following results : — Four 
victories, two defeats, three draws. The balance 
in the treasurer's hands is |6 50. Before the 
election of officers was proceeded with, some 
changes were made in the constitution of the asso- 
ciation, which now is as follows :— 


i, The association shall be called The University 
College Football Association, and shall play the 
rules of the Dominion Football Association. The 
colors shall be white and blue. 

2. The association shall consist of graduates and 
undergraduates of the University of Toronto, and 
of students of University College and the School 
of Practical Science. 

3. The president and professors of University 
College shall be the patrons of the association, and 
shall enjoy all the rights of membership. 


1. The committee of management shall consist 
of a president, vice-president, corresponding secre- 
tary, recording secretary, treasurer, captain, and 
two committee men elected from each year — six 
members to form a quorum. 

2. The committee shall control the expenditure, 
enforce subscriptions, determine the dates of the 
annual and general meetings of the association, 
choose the team, settle disputes occurring on the 
field, and regulate the manner in which matches 
shall be conducted. 

3 The committee shall call an annual meeting 
some time between the first and fifteenth of March 
in each ye.-.r, and a general meeting on or before 
the fifteenth of October. 

4. The decision of the committee on any question 
shall be subject to an appeal to a general meeting, 
to be called by the recording secretary on receipt of 
a requisition signed by four members of the 


1. The president, vice-president, corresponding 
secretary, recording secretary, treasurer, and the 
committee men of the incoming second, third, and 
fourth years shall be elected by ballot at the annna! 
meeting ; the committeemen of the first year in the • 
same way at the general meeting. 

2. The captain shall be elected by the team. 

3. Two delegates to the Dominion Association 
shall be chosen annually by the committee from 
among their number. 

4. All officers shall be eligible for re-election. 


1. The president, or, in his absence the vice- 
president, shall preside at all meetings of the asso- 
ciation and of the committee. 


2. The corresponding secretary shall conduct the 
correspondence of the association. 

3. The recording secretary shall keep a record of 
all meetings of the association and committee, and 
shall post up the requisite notices. 

4. The treasurer shall receive and account for 
?11 moneys of the association, and shall make dis- 
bursements under the direction of the committee. 
At the end of his term of office he shall submit a 
report of all receipts and expenditures to the 
annual meeting in March. 


1. Applications for membership shall be made 
through either of the committee men belonging to 
the year of the applicant to the committee. On 
being admitted the applicant shall receive notice 
to that effect from the corresponding secretary. 

2. The annual fee shall be twenty-five cents for 
each member. All fees shall be paid on or before 
the first of November of each season, 


1. At the annual and general meetings fifteen 
members shall form a quorum, 


i. Notice of amendments to the constitution 
shall be handed in to the recording secretary at 
least one week before the annual or general meeting, 
and the discussiDn of such amendments shall only 
take place at the annual or general meeting. 

2. A two-thirds vote of the members present 
shall be necessary to amend the constitution. 

The election of officers resulted as follows: — 
President, A. Carruthers : vice-president, T. C. 
jNTilligan ; corresponding secretary, W. Laidlaw ; 
recording secretary, J. A. Mc Andrews; treasurer, 
A. H. McDougall : committeemen, J. M. Mac" 
Callum, F. Nelson, A. C. Miles, A. Haig, A. Bcoad- 
foot, and E. Mackay. 

With such an efficient committee, and so many 
excellent players, our association should make the 
record of the incoming season a brilliant one ; and' 
if we might construct a motto for the club on the 
model of that of a great statesman, it would be 
' Practice practice, practice.' 

to. It might be added that we have been informed 
that the Senate itself is divided on this question ; a 
motion was made and seconded not very long ago 
by two of the members returned by convocation in 
favor of meetings being open with certain restric- 
tions, but it was voted down, by what majority we 
cannot say. 

Professor Croft has written a letter expressing 
his extreme pleasure at hearing that a university 
boat club is to be started, and agreeing ' with all the 
recommendations contained in the circular.' ' I 
have for many years/ he says,' most cordially de- 
sired the formation of such a club for the exercise 
and amusement of the students. I consider rowing 
to be the most healthy of all exercises, most invig- 
orating and enjoyable without the danger of foot" 
ball. I esteem the exercise of rowing beyond all 
others for its keeping one in the fiesh air, by its 
exercising every muscle of the body, and by its 
being available to all. young or old, male or female, 
str >ng or weak.' After speaking in most encou rag- 
ing terms of the enterprise the Professor concludes 
by asking to be enrolled as an active member of the 

On the first page is a contribution (which by 
the way should be sgned'F), on the meetings 
of the Senate being held with closed doors. 
Considerable discussion has taken place in the legis- 
lature and in the press on this question. The latest 
addition is in the current Bystander, where the 
opinion is decidedly expressed that the meetings of 
the Senate should be close, and that the good 
which results from publicity would not be equiva- 
lent to the evils that open sessions would give rise 


The annual meeting of the society will be held on 
the first Friday in April. 

The number of eye-glasses in the fourth year 
is reported to have been increased to three. 

Fourth year men, after looking over examination 
papers, wish to 1 e known as ' candidates for P. A.' 

Company K furnished fifteen of the men who 
formed the guard of honour at the prorogation of 
the legislature. 

A promenade concert of the Queen's Own last 
night was attended by several members from the 
college company. 

Up to Thursday 8362 was subscribed toward the 
boat club scheme, the average subscription being 
$16. As the prospectus was only sent out on Mon- 
day last this is very encouraging. 

An undergraduate who read the list of college 
cheers published three weeks ago evidently regrets 
that we have not one ; but in order to supply the 
deficiency he suggests the following : To-ron-to, 
whoop, whang, hello. 

A translation of a series of articles in a German 
magazine, on student life in France, England and 
Germany, is appearing in the Canadian Illustrated 
News, the translation being the work of James W. 
Bell, B.A., '77, now studying at Leipzig. 

The Association football cluD, at its annual 
meeting, passed a resolution pledging its members 
to assist the Rugby Uuion club in bringing the 
Harvard team here n xt fall. The same club also 
decided to petition the Council to fit up the cricket 
room with a shower-bath, a drinking-fountain, etc. 

A communication headed ' 111 breeding,' has 
been sent us. It charges students with 'gathering 
round the doors and vestibule and staring at every 
lady that passes in.' The case's specified are the 
last two organ recitals. The writer says, further, 
that ' ladies like attentions shown them in a some- 
what different manner,' and hopes that his calling 
attention to it ' may possibly lead to some abate- 
ment in the nuisance.' 

Another communication of a somewhat similar 
character deals with ' those residents,' who, the 
writer declares, consider themselves superior to 
'outsiders,' and are possessed of an uncommon 
amount of conceit. On the other hand, the "non- 
resident ' is held up to be a model of rectitude, 
whose merits need not be enlarged on. Hereto- 
fore we always thought of the residents as being 
noted tor their modesty. 

The glee club is making satisfactory progress, 
especially when it is known that they have been 
organized hardly two months. Excellence in a 
glee club is only to be attained after considerable 
practice, and it i'j not to be expected that our 
choristers will have reached anything like perfection 
until the majority of the voices have been in the 
club and sung together for a year or two. Next 
fall as many freshmen as possible should lie got to 
enroll, and then the club will have the benefit of 
: their voices for four years ; when men join in the 
third and fourth years they are compel le 1 to leave 
the club just when they are most useful. 


The regular meeting was held last night, the 
president in the chair. A letter was read from 
Mons. E. Pernet thanking the society for electing 
him an honorary member ; also one from Rev. Mr. 
Teefey, regretting his inability to be present at the 
last public meeting, and wishing the society every 
success. Prof. Ramsay Wright was proposed as 
an honorary member. Notices of motion were given 
that at next meeting committees would be moved 
for to decide on th college songs, the McMurrich 
medal, and the essays. It was ordered that the 
meeting for the discussion of changes in the consti- 
tution be held on the 19th ; in the meantime a 
committee has been appointed to revive the consti- 
tution. The annual meeting was fixed for the first 
week in April. Mr Herridge read an essay on 'eyes.' 
Readings were given by Messrs. Smellie, Laidlaw, 
Courtice, Herridge and Shortt. During the even- 
ing the glee club sang ' Guadeamus igitur.' 


To the Editor, — Would some of your classical 
correspondents be kind enough to explain the 
meaning of the two Greek letters ' Zeta,' ' Psi,, 
which are over the doors of some resident students ? 
Such monograms generally bespeak members of 
secret societies. University college wants no im- 
portations of that nature to succeed. An explana- 
tion may drive away the cloud of suspicion which 
hangs about this enigma. Omega. 


Berlin university has ten British and thirty-three 
American students. 

The Oxford-Cambridge boat race takes place on 
the Thames, March 20th. 

Harvard has a lacrosse club, which practises 
regularly in the gymnasium. 

It costs 1140,000 a year to run the university of 
Michigan; $101,000 is paid in salaries to the pro- 

Amherst students are opposed to having their 
reports of scholarship and deportment sent home to 
their parents. 

England has four universities ; France, fifteen 
Germany, twenty-two: and Ohio, with a population 
of three millions, thirty-seven. 

A freshman is responsible for the following ; 
' Why is a student like a hand-organ ? Because, 
when forced to it, he can be made to grind. 

There are sixty-four college secret societies in 
the United States, having 487 living chapters, and 
a membership of 66,256. These societies have 
thirty-five chapter houses. The most expensive one 
cost 140,000. 

Harvard : The law school has a deficit of 
$4,557.01. The dental school has a surplus of 
$188.04. The scientific school has a deficit of 
$296.97. The divinity school has a deficit of 
12,351.84. The medical school has a surplus of 

There was a young student in Chapel 
Who said, ' I think that a snug little nap'll 
1 )o me more good 
Than a sermon could,' 
And his snores softly rose in the Chapel. 

There was a young tutor behind him, 
For ten seconds glared mildly to find him ; 

I I nil he to >k out a book 

With happiest look, 
Ami s iventeen marks he assigned him —Yalr Record 



We have received an encouraging letter from one 
of our graduates in Manitoba. After congratulat- 
ing the students on having at length started a 
college paper he goes on to say that our alumni in 
Manitoba have by no means forgotten their alma 
mater,and to give an account of what they are doing 
in the prairie province. Two of them, A. VV. Ross, B. A.. 
'74, and A. M. Sutherland, B.A., '77, are members 
of the local legislature, both having been re-elected 
last December by handsome majorities — the former 
for Springfield, the latter for Kildonan and St. 
Paul. S. C. Biggs, B. A., '72 (silver medalist, natu- 
ral sciences) was a member of the same assembly 
a year ago, and afterwards in the cabinet, but 
retired from public life last October. Rev. George 
Bryce, B.A.,'67, LL.B., '78, (silver medalist, natural 
sciences), is a professor in Manitoba college ; Rev. 
Canon O'Meara, M.A, '70, (gold medalist, meta. 
physics) is classical master of St. John's college. 
The following are members of the bar : — A. W. 
Ross, M.A., M.P.P. ; C. Killam, B.A., '72, (silver 
medalist, mathematics, moc'ern languages and 
prince's prizeman); J. A. M. Aikins, M.A., '75 ; 
Heber Archibald, B.A., '71, (silver medalist, 
natural sciences) ; students at law — A. M. Suth- 
erland, B.A., M.P.P., and W. R. Black, B.A., 
'77, (silver medalist, classics), both of whom expect 
to be through in August next. J. Wilford Good, 
M.B., '77, has a first-class practice in "Winnipeg. 
These are all the graduates in that city; there are 
others, some of them clergymen, who are residents 
of ihe province. 


Now that the annual meeting of the Literary 
Society is approaching, it would perhaps be well to 
take a look back and see what has been the effect 
of the removal of the Society's quarters from the 
college building to the present location. In my 
opinion the change has been for the worse. I 
venture to say that there has been a falling off in 
the attendance at the weekly meetings, and there 
certainly has been a falling off in the number of 
readers in the reading-room. Moreover, the ex- 
penses of the Society have almost doubled, and, 
notwithstanding an increase of fifty per cent, in the 
membership fee, as well as an increase in the num- 
ber of members, a deficit is likely to be one of the 
features of this year's report. Besides there are 
a number of defects in the building. First, the 
assembly room is too small, seating comfortably 
not more than one hundred ; the ceiling is very low ; 
there is no ventilation ; deficiencies which are 
almost past remedying, or which, if remedied, 
would be at great expense. Next, the reading-room 
is altogether too small, a point brought out more 
by the want of room for papers than from an over- 
crowding of readers. The third and great objection 
is the distance at which the building is from the 
college. Formerly, students were able to slip into 
the reading-room between lectures, while waiting 
for lectures, or after lectures, and lose no time ; 
now it is only frequented by those who happen to 
pass it in going to or from college. The men who 
live to the west of thecollege are very seldom seen 

in it ; the men who go out at the Bloor street gate 
or at the St. Albans street gate, find it out of their 
way ; and the residence men only patronize it when 
on their way down or up town. When the reading- 
room was in the college, the reading-room lay right 
in the track, so to speak, of every man, and as a 
consequence readers were many. Further, there is 
a much felt need of a building right in or alongside 
the college, where students can hold their various 
meetings ; where the athletic associations may dis 
cuss their interests, and where they can store the 
properties of their games. The Society building 
answers none of these purposes. 

Then there is the question of a gymnasium. To 
fit up one in the old white house would be more 
than a mistake, it would be a fraud. For the reason 
that students find it inconvenient to go to the 
reading-room, for the same reason thev would not 
avail themselves of the gymnasium. The gymna- 
sium must be in or alongside the college. 

I do not propose to hold anyone responsible, or 
to blame anyone for the change ; as a matter of 
fact we were kicked out. of the college by circum- 
stances and not by the Council. They wanted our 
former quarters for what were considered more 
legitimate objects (though this is a question which 
might be discussed), and situated as they were 
financially, they had no other alternative. Besides, 
they doubtless thought that by giving the Society 
the said old white house they were really further, 
ing our interests; but the result has been otherwise. 

What then do I propose ? Simply this : that a 
building be erected in rear of the college for the 
organizations of the students ; that it contain a 
good sized assembly-room, reading-room, gym. 
nasium, committee-rooms, and other conveniences 
like those found at other well-regulated institutions. 
The building need not be of architectural preten- 
sions whatsoever ; it can be placed in rear of the 
college and never be seen by the visitor admiring 
the beauty of the college structure, (though I do 
remember the Mail newspaper devoting a column 
editorial to our unassthetic chimney) ; and the cost 
need not be great. But it is just here where the 
rub comes in. The Council has no spare money I 
have been told. I believe if the Council were 
informed of our needs, if they could not find the 
money themselves, they could induce the govern, 
ment to take upon itself such an outlay. Or per- 
haps some public man would like to hand his name 
down to posterity, having built us such a hall ; or 
perhaps the graduates would give something if a 
building fund were inaugurated. Surely there is 
some way out of the difficulty. But let no more 
money be wasted on the old white house, and let 
the Society respectfully petition the Council to take 
some action in the matter. M. 


Your issue of last week again brought up the 
subject of the proposed match with Harvard. 
Many of the propositions made by 'Rugby 'are 
admirable, but again, some of them would not be 

The plan of putting the tickets at 50 cents would 
doubtless cover all expenses, if between 400 and 500 
were disposed of, but the question then arises, 

where are you to get 400 or 500 people who will 
give 50 cents to see a football match ? It is certainly 
probable that double the number could be got to 
go, if the entrance fee was reduced to 25 cents ; the 
attendance of students would be small, as they are 
not notorious for spending much money when they 
can help it, which would be considered a great dis- 
advantage by our team as they would require some 
one to cheer them on and this can best be done by 
their own friends. 

'Rugby's' views on the training of the team 
should certainly be followed whether this match is 
to be played or not. This could best be done by 
following the good example of Ann Arbor, who 
put the training totally into the hands of the captain 
who is supposed to be thoroughly efficient in every 
respect as regards the game. His advice as to 
chosing the team before hand should also be taken 
duly into consideration. 

The last point is — Where are we to play ? lam 
sorry I have to differ with ' Rugby ' on this question. 

There may be many advantages gained by play- 
ing on the College ground, seeing it is the best 
in Toronto, bnt how are you to compel students 
living in and out of residence and even visitors who 
have free access to visit the buildings and grounds 
every day to pay for what they have by thtir own 
right ? Having considered the matter carefully, I 
have come to the conclusion that it would require 
at least six policemen to keep the people out ■ 
and as many more to keep order on the field. Have 
ing disposed of the College ground, I beg to 
propose either the Lacrosse or Cricket ground, at 
either of which the tickets could be taken up with 
great facility. 

The Lacrosse ground is certainly the most advan- 
tageously located, but still the hill is a slight 
drawback ; and again, the Cricket ground, although 
better, has the two disadvantages of being pretty 
far away, and also of having a bar, on account of 
which many would not go.* 

I should certainly advise the former, however, 
if the latter be chosen, it would be a decided advan- 
tage to close the bar, both for the players and the 
spectators. ' G.' 

Principal Hunter, of the Ontario Institution for 
the Blind, in his annual report thus deals with a 
commor fallacy : ' In the instruction of the blind, 
the problem to be solved is, how far we can replace 
the lost sense of sight by the special cultivation of 
the hand, the ear and the memory. It is popularly 
supposed that a child, when blinded, becomes 
thereby endowed with a more sensitive touch, with 
a finer ear, and a stronger memory. Unhappily 
this opinion is quite erroneous, and it often causes 
most unreasonable expectations to be formed of the 
blind. The attainments of blind persons are the 
result of close application on the part of the 
student, and of great skill and inexhaustible 
patience in the teacher. We too often find the 
constitutional weakness that has quenched the 
sight, to have also impaired the hearing or the 
vocal organs, or even the mental powers. The 
sense of touch in neglected blind children is strik- 
ingly deficient.' 

Freshman taking a walk comes upon small snob, 
who is struggling to get a wheelbarrow over a hard 
place, and helps him out. Small S. : ' Say, Mister, 
you're a freshman, ain't you ? ' F. mentally 
swears off < ■ 1 1 wheelbarrows. 

The White and Blue. 

Volume I.] 

Toronto Saturday march 13. 1880. 


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The following is a list flf college colors in the 
United States : Amherst, white and purple ; Bow- 
doin, white; Brown, brown ; University of Califor- 
nia, pink ; Colby, gray ; Columbia, blue and white; 
Cornell, cornelian ; Dartmouth, green ; Hamilton, 
pink; Harvard, crimson; Kenyon, mauve ; Lafay- 
ette, 'maroon and white ; University of New York, 
violet ; University of Pennsylvania, blue and red ; 
Princeton, orange; Rochester, blue and gray; 
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The custom of celebrating the close of college 
life by collecting the photographs of classmates 
and 'other objects of interest ' that have been con- 
nected therewith shows no signs of falling into 
decay. The special branch of trade resulting is an 
extensive and presumably profitable one, and quite 
a sharp rivalry is often shown in securing the con- 
trol of it. This season's ' leading college photo- 
grapher ' seems to be G. W. Pach, of Broadway and 
Thirteenth Street, this city, whose advertisement 
shows that he has gained the patronage of the 
seniors at Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Williams, 
Wesleyan, West Point, Cornell, Hamilton, and 
Lafayette. The choice at Yale was made by forty- 
six votes in favor of Pach to thirty-one in favor 
of Notman & Campbell, of Montreal who formerly 
had the patronage of that college, and who were 
chosen again this year by the seniors of the 
Yale Scientific School. The same artists were 
also selected at Trinity, Union and apparently 
at Michigan University. The choice of the '80 
men at Harvard is James Notman, of Boston 
and Cambridge, who advertises to give ' special 
attention to photographing the interiors of students' 
rooms ' and to ' extend class private order rates to 
every one connected with the university.' The 
Madisoncnsis of January 24 mentioned that the 
seniors were busy in giving sittings to Frazee, of 
Syracuse, the business successor of Ranger, who 
formerly supplied the class pictures for the univer- 
sity. The Maine Agricultural College graduates of 
last summer had their likeness taken by Lovell, of 
Amherst, Mass., who at the same time gained 
further newspaper notoriety by photographing ' the 
Freshman Class of Massachusetts Agricultural Col- 
lege in the act of planting corn.' 

For thirty years or more the graduating classes of 
Harvard and Yale have made a practice of leaving 
behind them in the college library a collection of 
their likenesses. At Yale, however, this has been 
done so quietly, and the frames and albums con- 
taining the pictures have been so carefully put out 
of sight, that no general knowledge of the practice 
seems to prevail among the undergraduates. At 
all events the Yale News of December 8 printed an 
elaborate article in support of the theory that the 
class of '80 might immortalize itself by giving its 
class-book to the college library, and thereby ' estab- 
lish a most admirable custom which all coming 
classes would be sure to keep up.' A writer in the 
Princetonian of November 21, having recommended 
that a class album be presented to the library, the 
Lit. of December heaped all manner of ridicule on 
the schefne, and advised the men of '80 to stick to 
the usual plan of giving to the college a more useful 
memorial gift. A similar sentiment was exhibited 
last spring by a correspondent of the Marietta Olio, 
who deprecated the wasting of money on class 
pictures, and urged his fellows, instead of doing this, 
to concentrate their resources for the purchase of 
a telescope or some other enduring monument of 
their patriotism. The Queen's College Journal 
(Canadian) of same date recommended that, instead 
of the customary picture of the class as a group, 
separate photographs of the individual members 
should be left behind as a memorial. — New York 


This week we give space to three communica- 
i ions on the question of the boat club. All of them 
f ivor the project more cr less, though the writers 
have each their objections to urge. All these ob- 
jections, we think, can be answered, man)' of them 
indeed will be provided for when the constitution 
of the club is drawn up, and its general policy 
settled. The way in which the subscriptions are 
coming in shows that the project is favorably re- 
ceived both in and out of the college. In less than 
ten days over one-sixth of the required amount has 
been subscribed. 

The communication signed 'Junius Jr.' was 
written on the two sides of a thin piece of paper 
nine by three inches. The ' Jr.' attached to the 
name was what saved it from the basket. Corres- 
pondents would greatly oblige by writing legibly 
and on one side of the paper only. Not a few of the 
errors that have slipped into these columns have 
had their origin in bad copy. Students, who, as a 
general rule lack practice in writing, and who, 
nevertheless, ought to have a desire to become pro- 
ficient therein, can ill afford to make copy that is 
slovenly in any respect. 

The editor of the ' College Chronicle' of the New 
York World is collecting the opinions of the various 
colleges on the coming presidental election, a vote 
being taken in most of the institutions, and the 
result sent on to New York. Being Canadians our 
350 students don't take enough interest in the 
matter to express an opinion, though of the half 
dozen men from the other side, five appear to be 
out and out Grant men. If the World will ask for 
the views of Canadian students on our live ques- 
tion, the great and only N. P., and prevail on the 
Council to permit of the vote being taken, our men 
will not be slow to cast the ballot. 


There have been several communications in this 
paper about the proposed ' Rowing Associa- 
tion,' and 'G. G. S. L.,' (briefly 'G'), has given us a 
most glowing account of it, looking at it from the 
bright side, which is all very well ; but still it is 
necessary in a case of this kind to look at both sides 
of the question. I think that it would be a most 
admirable plan if we could form a boating club in 
the University and make it the first in the Dominion, 
and I would give it my humble support as readily 
as any man ; but I think that it would be incom- 
parably better to have a gymnasium. I have heard 
it stated by some of considerable authority that if 
they had a boating club a gymnasium would follow. 
I cannot see how it would be brought about. An 
argument that ' G.' used is that ' In all European 
and American universities every man is a member 
of the boat club, even if he never sees a boat from 
the beginning to the end of the academic year.' 
' G.' must remember thnt quite a different class of 
men go to the universities in Britain (I don't 
know about the others). There they go with 
the understanding that they are not to study, 
except the few ' reading men,' and consequently 
they all belong to the boat club. ' G.' evidently 
admits this, because he says, ' Few things put the 
name of Cambridge and Oxford in the mouth of 
everybody so readily as a contest between their 

eights.' Again, there they have the water almost 
at their door ; here it is a half hour's walk from 
the college, and allow half an hour for dressing and 
sundry other things, and an hour and a half is gone 
on the walk, etc., alone, and not many reading men 
allow themselves more than two hours a day, and 
a great many not that ; so there is half an hour for 
practice. If, as ' M.' suggests, we could get a stu- 
dents' hall with a gymnasium built alongside the 
college, and there is nothing to hinder it, then we 
might expect every man to join ; but I don't believe 
that they will be able to get ten men outside the 
present committee to join, if even all those join. 
Prof. Croft in his letter says that it is the most 
healthy amusement. In this I have to disagree 
with him, because I cannot see how it is more 
healthy than football, although I do not say that 
football is more healthy than it. I, however, agree 
with him that ' the danger of football is absent 
from it. But surely the learned professor does not 
mean to say that there are more accidents at foot- 
ball than in rowing, and its almost invariable 
attendant, bathing ? 

If the students are determined to have a summer 
game why not take up cricket ? in which the) have 
the best advantages, I suppose, of any club in 
Canada — namely, for $3.50 the use of all the nets, 
etc., of the Toronto Cricket Club, and have no 
trouble about the grounds or anything. I see no 
reason why we should not turn out as good a cricket 
club as our football teams are. I think that by all 
means we should get a gymnasium first, and then, 
when we get a respectable hall in which we may 
give public entertainments we may then try to get 
up a boating club, but I think it will be time 
enough then. 

Junius, Jr. 

I am far from wishing to express myself averse 
to the institution of a college crew in connection 
with our University ; but I certainly think object- 
ions may be taken to the proposal made in the 
circular. Our circumstances are such that our 
men have neither the money nor the leisure to go 
into aquatics, the most expensive of all exercises, 
as the undergraduates of the universities of Great 
Britain do. More than that, we are here only one 
month in the year when training could be carried 
on ; and for students living outside the city to re- 
main here purposely, would demand greater pecu- 
niary sacrifices than they, for the most part, could 
afford. The club would have for active members 
only the undergraduates resident in Toronto, and 
from them the crews would be chosen. Now I 
very much question whether it is necessary to 
expend $3,000 to sustain such a crew. For them 
we are asked to build a club house, and furnish it 
with boats. And when we consider that there are 
not more than fifteen or twenty undergraduates in 
the city at leisure during the holidays, it seems 
a rather preposterous idea to spend 8150 per head 
upon them to form a boat club, which, if it is to be 
called the University Boat Club, should be repre- 
sentative. No one, however, would refuse to con- 
tribute toward the institution of such a college crew 
if a scheme were devised for storing their boats at 
the house of one of the city clubs; indeed, toward 
this scheme many would contribute who see no 
necessity in expending the sum asked upon a pro 
ject which will bring them so little return for their 
money, and at a time when there is need of a 
college gymnasium. 

Ursa Major. 

The plan suggested by Mr. McCaul, in the last 
issue, is by far, I think, a more plausible one than 
that which is set forth on the circular issued by the 
Organization Committee of the University Rowing 

There are at least twenty proprietors of boat 
houses on the water front of the city, who have 
lots running out into the bay for from two hundred 
and fifty to five hundred feet. Most of them haveonly 
small houses and shops erected on their lots, and they 
are always willing to build boat houses when they 
can get tenants for them. After having had some 
conversation on the subject with several of the 
most prominent proprietors, not only of water lots 
with boat houses, but also of vacant lots, I have 
come to the conclusion that the beforemtntioned 
plan will be more easily carried out than even 
Mr. I.leC il expects. 

Theie can be no doubt but that the association 
will be railed at through the communication col- 
umns of the public press, concerning the useless- 
ness of sending men to college to learn, as will be 
said, to r ,\ , and about the amount of time that 
will be wasted in the training, etc., that will be a 
necessity it the club is to compete in any of the 
great inter-collegiate regattas; but, I think, after 
a look at the list of wranglers at Cambridge this 
year, which shows thirty-three names, . out of 
which number six men have distinguished them- 
selves in rowing, cricket and football — that any of 
that class of humanity that may, with all propriety, 
be called croakers, had better keep their croakings 
for some more suitable subject. 

H. Toronto. 


To the Editor, — The following finely expressed 
sentiments tell my side of the story, the first part of 
which, under the above heading, has already been 
given to your readers by my darling Susan. Hav- 
ing read the verses below, I am sure, Mr. Editor, 
you will consider the amende honorable to have 
"been made, and never call me ' ungallant ' again. 



Taking a walk with this dear blushing girl, 
Long hair o'er her shoulders in many a curl ; 
Bright eyes that oft Bashed in frolicsome glee, 
As now and again she twitted me. 

Charlie, just now you are ever so nice, 

But bOf.m, and 'twill almost seem in a trice, 

When you're passed your examinsand purchased a cane, 

I'll be quite forgotten, Oh ! 'twill be my bane.' 

In vain I protested that this was nnfair, 
Shi held to her point, said,' a slight change of air 
Oft affected the memory, and much did she fear 
My vows would prove 'chaff' at the end ot the year.' 

i'n haps you will ask, did I really forget her ? 
Indeed, I did not, but consider her better 
Than any of the girls I had seen in Toronto, 
And to be married to her, in the future I want to. 

So Susan, my darling, don't weep and lament mc, 
Or the thought of your doing so will ever torment me 
I care for no other, I care but for you, 
My dear little maiden, indeed this is true. 


That the Y. M. C. A. men who use the glee club 
piano, shall never oppose the use of organs in their 
future congregations. 

That some of the ghosts, inhabiting the literary 
society's building, be introduced to the meetings, 
to encourage the tendency toward chimerical 

That the glee club be requested to awaken these 
comatose spirits by continuing its practices in the 

That the men who drew Neilson home go' on the 
stage — between here and Donmount. 



I see by the college press that co-education is a 
live question in many of the higher institutions of 
learning on this continent. At Harvard there is 
the Annex, devoted to the education of women ; 
girls mingle indiscriminately with boys at the uni- 
versity of Michigan ; the advisability of admitting 
women to Columbia is before its board of manage- 
ment ; and in Canada we have young women 
attending the medical schools in this city, and our 
own university admitting them to its examinations, 
(we have already twenty-three girl undergraduates,) 
and I even remember seeing last winter two 
damsels at our chemistry lectures in the School of 
Practical Science. Now boys, this is coming pretty- 
near home, and if we don't look out the first thing 
we know they'll be into University College as thick 
as grasshoppers, overflowing the lecture-rooms, 
wanting to board in the residence, to wear gowns, 
(see Sambourne's picture in Punch two weeks ago,) 
to attend the meetings of the society, and to be up 
to all sorts of things. I, for one, expect to graduate 
this year, and thus hope to escape the petticoat 
brigade; but I warn you who are in the years 
below me that you'll have to look alive or else 
they'll crowd you out — scholarships, medals, prizes, 
and such will be swept by girls. The first thing 
you know the women'll send in a deputation to the 
Council, the membnrs of which they'll chuck, meta- 
phorically speaking, under the chin, and secure for 
their daughters the right of attending our lectures. 
Then the Senate will be invaded, and asked to 
bestow the degree of maid of arts (like if they 
weren't up to enough tricks now), maid of laws, etc. 
I just warn you men of the lower years that you'll 
have to bestir yourselves if you wish to preserve your 
rights. When girls take to coming 'round here 111 j 
disown my degree (if ever I get it). There are! 
enough tricks in vogue now about college ; what'll 
they be when girls get in ? They'll devise all sorts 
of schemes to decoy men from their books, (so that 
they may fall behind in their work and enable girls 
to get ahead of them), give parties, ask you to take 
them to the theatre, and all that sort of thing. 
And then they'll all ' crib ' in the examination hall 
— do you think our worthy bedell would be ungal- 
lant enough to eject a girl caught riding a 'pony,' 
or if he did do his dim do you think he'd have a 
moment's peace ever after ? Oh ! you fellows may 
laugh and think it would be fine fun to have them 
round here, but 1 tell you what it is you'll repent 
it. I know what it is — I've four sisters and a 
maiden aunt in the house. Perhaps you'll say I'm 
a girl-hater. An contraire, I love them — but not 
about colleges, Moreover, you'll notice that the 
demand for girls who can run a man's house is 
brisk, the supply limited. Therefore give Mis-, 
Dods lots of elbow room lor her schools of cookery 
and domestic economy, let ladies' schools flourish, 
let music masters and dancing masters grow rich 
through teaching out sisters, but make it hot for 
the first petticoat caught in our lecture-rooms ; and 
above all, boys, don't bi led away by the idea of 
sitting next to a 'a sweet girl undergrad,' in lec- 
tures, or taking one to the theatre, or being brack- 
eted on the class list with the belle ol the college, 
and remembi r that it your wife is able to write- trie 
same degree after her name that you can after 
yours, or to say that she went to the same college 
that you did, and consequently knows as much as 
you do, all hope of your being l«»^s is at an end, and 
the days of harps and willow-trees have returned 



I had a little handy horse 
Whose name was Series Bohn , 
I lent him to a freshie 
\\ herewith his work to con. 
He thumbed him, he smudged him, 
He rode him without tire- 
No more I'll lend my pony 
Though freshies do desire. . 


Have you seen the picture of the thirteen im- 
mortals ? 

Annual meeting of the Natural Science Associa- 
tion Wednesday April 7. 

The amount subscribed toward the boat club 
fund is $507. 

There is to be a review at Quebec on the 24th 
of May and more than likely the Queen's Own will 
take part. If so our company will be there. 

That young man of the second year who tried 
to exhibit his wit at the last two logic lectures has 
been weighed and found wanting — well, not in 

There will be no examination on ' Baines' new- 
analytic of Political Economy,' erroneously placed 
in the curriculum for honor men of the fourth year 
in department live. 

There is likely to be an election over every office 
in the Society this year. The respective friends 
of W. N. Ponton, M. A., '77, and William Johnston, 
M.A., '74, have prevailed on these gentlemen to 
stand for the office of president. 

Second-year men who are candidates for office 
have suddenly become condescending enough to 
'cultivate' freshmen, and to be seen shaking hands 
with them, to be heard enquiring after the health 
of their families, and practising a thousand and 
one other election ruses. 


At the meeting last night several new members 
were proposed. Committees were appointed to 
award the essay and college song prizes and the Mc- 
Murrich medal. R. Y. Thomson and A. C. Courtice 
were appointed auditors. An essay, ' Poetry and 
Freedom ' was contributed by E. J. Mclntyre, and 
readings given by W. F. Maclean and W. H. 
Blake. In the debate,' Has credulity or incredulity 
done most to hinder progress? ' the affirmative was 
supported by C. F. McGillivray, J. Baird, and II. 
S. Brennan, and the negative by W. Laidiaw and 
F. Ames. The president gave decision in favor of 
the latter. 

Notices of motion were given of several amend- 
ments to the constitution. One is to strike out the 
words ' and Scientific ' in sec. 1 and 2, art. I., and 
the whole of sec. 5, art. V., the object being to hand 
over the McMurrich medal to the Science Associa- 
tion. Several of the amendments are to provide 
for the affairs of the reading room being handed 
over to the House Committee. It is also proposed 
to raise the membership fee to $2, to strike out rule 
of oider 5 and sec. 4,, art. I. Another provides that 
only those who have attended one-fourth of the 
nn stings of the year shall be entitled to vote for or 
be elected to any office. A series of important 
adments b; Mr. Lydgate has for its object the 
division of the Society into two parts for literary 



The King's College Record has issued its pros- 
pectus for 1880, and evidently is on the high-road to 
success. The style of the sheet has been changed 
for the better. 

Heke is an incomplete list of Canadian college 
and school journals : King's College Record, Wind- 
sor, .VS. , Dalhousie Gazette, Halifax; Argosy, 
Sackville, N.B.; Queen's College jfournal, Kingston, 
Acta Victoriaha, Cobourg; The Sunbeam, Whitby ; 
Rouge et Noir, Trinity, Toronto ; White and Blue, 
Toronto; The School Magazine, Hamilton; Port- 
folia, Hamilton. 

College journalism is a development of news- 
paperdom. It fills a place in the place of the press 
which has been until recently unoccupied. All 
trades and professions, in these days of universal 
newspaper reading, have their official publications, 
and in due time it was felt that students must have 
their college papers, so that now there is not an in- 
stitution of learning in the land but has its organ. — 
Dvlhousie Gazette. 

The Hamilton Spectator had a very fine story in 
its columns about our students being so smitten 
with Adelaide Neilson that they went down to the 
station to see her off; that on reaching the plat- 
form Juliet dropped (quite accidentally of course) 
one of her garters; that thereupon there was a mad 
struggle for its possession etc., etc.; and that now, 
secured by a glass case, it graces the mantel piece 
of a resident student. This is, as was said, a very 
good story, but the residence man in question 
wishes it known that it was not a garter that he 
secured (though at the time he thought it was) but 
only a piece of tape on which was printed ; 'tie 
loosely — Holman liver pad, — best in the world.' 

The Sunbeam from the Ontario Ladies' College, 
Whitby, for February, is readable. The ' local ' 
column, among other things, ncords the sudden 
death of a 'pet canary.' This is the second catas- 
trophe of like nature that has visited this school. 
Then comes the local druggist, wiih an account of 
the 'unparalleled celebrity' of his 'glycerine balm,' 
which has ' received the approval of nun erous 
families,' and which 'restores to almost infantile 
softness the cuticle; ' also his ' teaberry powder for 
stimulating the mouth and purifying the breath.' 
Girls, do you use these things ? From another 
part of the 'Beam we learn that it is the custom at 
Whitby 'to jump out of a warm bed in the morn- 
ing, and grope around in the cold and dark to find 
a match, with which to light the lamp in order to 
write a composition.' 


The girls at Whitby Ladies' College have to 
make their own beds. 

The University of Michigan has 134 female stu- 
dents at the present time. In a recent communi- 
cation the president of the institution expressed 
his views as follows : ' After nine years' experience 
in co-education we have become so accustomed to 
see women take up any kind of university work, 
carry it on successfully, graduate in good health, 
cause no embarrassment in the administration of 
the institution, and awaken no especial solicitude 
in the minds of their friends or their teachers, that 
many ot the theoretical discussions of education by 
those who had no opportunity to examine it care- 
fully, read strangely to us here on the ground.' 

The blacksmith of Glamis's description of meta- 
physics was: 'Twa folk disputm ' thegither ; he 
that's listenin' disna ken what he that's speakin ' 
means, and he that's speakin' disna ken what he 
means himsel' that's metaphysics.' In De Mor- 
,111 . 'Formal Logic' the following is found: 'I 
would not dissuade a student from a metaphysical 
inquiry; on the contrary, I would rather endeavor 
to promote the desire of entering upon such subjects, 
but I would warn him, when he tries to look down 
his own throal with a candle 111 his hand, to take 
care that he does not set his head on fire.' 



(by a visitor.) 

One Friday evening a short time ago I suggested 
to a fellow boarder, a student of University Col- 
lege, that a slight jollification down town might 
not be out of harmony with the then state of feeling 
of either of us. However, he disagreed, saying that 
it was the evening of the meeting of the college 
literary society, and as the time for the election of 
officers was drawing near he could not afford to be 
absent another night during this term. But he 
invited me to come along with him, and I, sur- 
prised and delighted thereat, unhesitatingly accepted 
his kind invitation. Knowing that I was going to 
attend a meeting of the Illuminati of the first uni- 
versity of this noble Dominion, I resolved to profit 
thereby, and so took the following notes of the 
proceedings : 

The meeting was unusually large, I was told, 
between 40 and 50 students being present, whose 
external appearance was almost equal to the aver- 
age of modern young men. It was opened with 
due ceremony by the president and the secretary. 

A young man whose gown appeared to have 
seen better days now arose with a lengthy docu- 
ment in his hand, and after speaking some 25 
minutes read it through, and then moved its 
adoption. His name, my companion told me, was 
Mr. Windbag. (I may here state that all the 
undermentioned names I received from my friend.) 
He, Mr. W., now handed the document to the 
president, by whom it was again read through, 
occupying about ten minutes. It was then suggested 
that it be adopted clause by clnuse, except from 
clause 16 to 37 inclusive, which should be adopted 
word by word. Here a lengthy discussion followed 
in which Mr. Sophthed, Mr. Flatt, Mr. Blower and 
many others whose names I did not learn displayed | 
their keen insight and hair-splitting abilities in the ; 
most eloquent manner. Mr. Wiseman now sug- 
gested that the dispute, being all about nothing, 
should come to an end, and business be pro- 
ceeded with. Here Mr. Latecomer entered, and 
after divesting himself of his overcoat, cane and 
gloves, he moved that the society return back to 
order of business g. This motion was seconded 
by Mr. Readygab, but was objected to by Mr. 
Sharpe as unconstitutional. 

The utmost confusion now followed, and was 
only stopped by the president's most emphatic 
calls to order. Mr. Latecomer's motion was 
carried, when he discovered that it was order of 
business p he wanted instead of g. Matters were 
set right in about fifteen minutes, and the busi- 
ness in order p being of but slight importance was 
speedily despatched, with a few protestations, sug- 
gestions and inquiries from Mr. Flatt, Mr. Petti- 
fogger, Mr. Sophthed and Mr. Windbag, who with 
several others sat on the right of the president. 

Mr. Windbag's document was again introduced, 
and upon being adopted clause by clause the most 
inexplicable confusion and cross-firing and contra- 
diction and misunderstanding and explanation of 
terms and display of wit took place, the members 
on the right of the president principally monopo- 
lizing the floor. 

The vast assemblage on the left my friend desig- 
nated as the hoi polloi. Many of these had in 

their hands what appeared to be small pamphlets 
with red covers and which must have contained 
something wonderfully interesting, as they held 
them in close proximity to their noses, anxiously 
scrutinizing page after page, many of them utilizing 
spectacles of all shapes, colors and sizes. I re- 
quested a gentleman sitting near me to allow me to 
look at his red book for a moment, but he replied 
that really he was very sorry but he could not 
possibly let it out of his hands until the meeting 
was over. 

Here and there sat a solid sensible looking indi- 
vidual who did not possess a red book, and who 
acted the part of quiet spectators during pro- 
ceedings, apparently visitors like myself. However 
I found out that these were scholarship men. 
They appeared to be most unsociable individuals, 
for they would not speak until called upon and 
urgently requested to do so by the whole society, 
and even then they only talked plain common 
sense (sic). 

At an early stage of proceedings the secretary 
vacated his seat and unceremoniously made his 
exit, being followed by two or three lively students 
from the back seats, as well as by Mr. Latecomer. 
An uproarious racket now greeted our ears, to the 
exclusion of the speaker's voice, as these youths 
were descending the stairs. A few more yells and 
slamming of doors announced the departure of the | 
party from the building and their voices dwindled 
away in the distance without further disturbing the 
meeting to any extent. Upon inquiring what this ; 
strange procedure meant, I was informed that it 
was a customary part of the early proceedings of 
each meeting. 

For the next two hours and a half I must con- 
fess that I could take but little interest in the meet- 
ing, due no doubt to my inability to appreciate the 
mysterious, the confused, the ridiculous and the 
frivolous. About 11.50 it was moved and seconded 
that the debate and entertainment be postponed 
until next evening. An amendment was moved on 
the ground that the debate had been postponed 
four times already, and that there was a better 
prospect of having it to-night than there would be 
for some time again. (Applause). 

In the mean time many members had occasion- 
ally taken their departure, and the meeting had 
become perceptibly diminished, the remaining 
members consisting principally of those who intend- 
ed to bear office in the Society next year. As for the 
debate, it was resolved to have a vote of the meet- 
ing on the yea and nay system, to decide whether 
or not it should take place. A secretary pro tern 
was now appointed and he called out the roll, which 
consisted if I remember rightly of 613 names. The 
result was 16 for the debate and 17 against. Mr. 
Sharpe now discovered that there were only 21 
members present, and upheld that there must have 
been some mistake, consequently the roll was called 
once more, occupying again 25 minutes. The result 
was that the debate was postponed and the mem- 
bers took their several departures. We arrived 
home at 1.30, and next morning, upon wading over 
the above account of the manner in which the 
previous evening was spent, I could not but express 
the sentiment of my classieal friend amici perdidi 


The regular meeting was held on Wednesday 
evening last, the vice president in the chair. The 
following gentlemen were proposed for membership : 
W. B. McMurrich, B. A., J. P. McMurrich, B. A.. 
J. A. Turnbull, B. A., Chas. Millar, B. A. The 
secretary reported that he had received from Prof. 
Croft a large number of specimens of dried plants. 
A unanimous and hearty vote of thanks for his dona- 
tion was passed by the association. The report 
from the general committee recommending that the 
annual meeting be held on Wednesday, April 7th, 
was adopted. 

Prof. Chapman was then called to the chair and 
presided during the rest of the evening. 

The first paper was by Mr. G.H. Carveth, entitled 
' Some useful applications of Electricity.' After 
a few preliminary remarks on magnetism and elec- 
tricity he proceeded to describe the apparatus em- 
ployed and the principles involved in the instan- 
taneous lighting of all the gas-jets in large 
buildings, with special reference to the Metropoli- 
tan Church and the Grand Opera House. He next 
described in detail the fire alarm s\ stem used in 

Mr. G. Acheson read an article from the Ameri- 
can Naturalist, by C. S. Minot, on genoblasts and 
the relation of the sexual elements, in which the 
writer advanced a new theory on the relations exist, 
ing between the male and female products. 

Prof. Chapman gave a brief account of the 
geology of Toronto and vicinity. The sinking of a 
well on the east side of the Don to a depth of a 
thousand feet had shown the character of the 
underlaying beds to be the same as that formerly 
assumed on geoligical principles only. 

A vote of thanks was tendered to Prof. Chapman 
for his kindness in presiding and addressing the 



Those of our readers who are already prepared 
to assert that they have never heard of this river will 
perhaps recognise it, having read the following 
graphic account thereof, taken from the letter of a 
freshman to his cousin, a pupil at a ladies' seminary 
in St. Catharines. 

' The grounds (of the college) is intersected by a 
beautiful and meandering stream, having its source 
in the Height of Land. On its right bank but at 
some distance from the water the college buildings 
are erected; on the opposite shore and further 
down is the Monument, occupying a noble bluff, 
immediately overlooking the bed of the river ; still 
further down and on the same bank is to be seen 
the classic structure of our Society, nestled among 
top-waving pines. Not a great distance below this 
building the Taddle — for such is the name of this 
fair-flowing stream -is crossed by a rustic foot-bridge 
whereon the students love to linger, and to drop 
over its sides little paper boats on which they write 
verses in honor of their adored ones, indicating 
thereby, as they say, that as these tiny boats are 
irresistibly borne to the sea in like manner their 
thoughts tend to the mistresses of their hearts. But I 
cannot stop to tell you of the other points of interest 
near to Taddle. Mr. Perkyns, a gentleman in the 
year above me, has promised to take me for a walk 
up the stream and to show me the site of a battle 
fought many years ago between the Objibways and 
the Subjibways. When I have made this visit I 
will write you an account of it, and some of the 
other sights hereabouts.' 

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is published every Saturday morning of the Academic year, 
under the auspices of University College Literary and 
Scientific Society. Editor, W. F. Maclean; associate edi- 
tors. J. H. Jackson, Walter Laidlaw; business manager, E. 
P. Davis. 

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University College. 


Charles Macdonald, M. A., professor of mathe- 
matics in Dalhousie college, delivered a lecture in 
Halifax the other night on ' Certain Evolution 
Doctrines.' The lecture upheld the theory of 
Darwin, and handled it in such a way that the 
editor of the Dalhousie Gazette says his eyes ' have 
been opened:' 

Not that we necessarily think any more of Dar- 
win or his ideas. But we have learned that more 
is requisite to a just decision on any question 
than an ignorant sneer. Many suppose that to 
laugh when this philosopher's name is mentioned 
is a perfectly intelligent and complete refutation 
of his views. The lecturer has shown that these 
are worthy of serious consideration, to say the 

The editor humbly tells us further what he 
thinks to have been the flaw in the argument, viz: 

No satisfactory explanation was offered, or we 
may say attempted, of the important fact that 
between the lowest form of man and the highest 
specimen of the brute there is one difference which- 
places the former more distinctly above the latter 
than all the grades which occur between the 
highest and lowest species of the brute creation. 
The distinguishing link is mind, or the power by 
which we aspire, meditate and worship. 


At a meeting of the Rugby Union Club held on 
Tuesday, the following additions were made to the 
constitution : 

Members only are permitted to vote at the elec- 
tions, or meetings of the club. 

A member is one who has paid the subscription 

Associate members may be admitted to the club, 
subject to the approval of the committee. 

Mr. H. Blake was unanimously elected as a mem- 
ber of the committee for the third year, in place of 
Mr. Reefer, resigned. 

Messrs. Gwynne ami Campbell were appointed 
to present a petition, along with Messrs. McAn- 
drew and Milligan, of the Association Club, to 
the Council, to improve the clubs' room in the 
basement of flu- building. 


(Died January zSth, 1880.) 

I come to wreath a chaplet for thine urn, 

I sorrowed, when they said that thou wast dead, 
1 ee a form, with shadowy wings dispread, 

Where thy bright lamp of Genius once did burn ; 
The MusV's votaries 10 thy shrine should turn, 

And weave fair wreaths to place above thy head. 
A stranger one would here .1 tribute bring, 

Who ne'er beheld thee, hut who fain would sing 
Thy well -km iwri worth and noble nit me kind ; 

due who left "toot-prints in the realm of mind.'' 
Canada's son ' where thy rale g< nins shmed, 

A luminous track, alas! is all we find. 

We 111! SO SOOn thou gained the bounds Oi lone, 

In manhood'* vigor, in thy mental prime. 

Dalht ■ Gas* Hi 


I sea the authorities are tearing down the lug 
brick house, on 'the farm' in rear of the college. 
I also hear that the government is to give tin; 
Senate a certain sum for the structure which 
occupies part (if the site of the new parliament 
buildings. Why not with tins money and with the 
materials taken from the house and from tile build- 
ing (d the Socii ty, erect us a gymnasium anil 
quarters for the Society m the quad 

I'. 1' 



The managing committee of The White and 
Blue have resolved to hold ovej the publication 
of the last number till after the university examina- 
tions, with a view of having the class lists printed 
and made known to students at the earliest possible 
moment. This issue will be sent to the address of 
any of our subscribers who will be out of town if 
they furnish their address to the committee ; and 
non-subscribers may likewise have copies sent them 
by handing in their address with ten cents to any 
member of the committee. 


With the exception of the special number 
above referred to, this issue (No. 19) closes the 
first volume of our college paper. Though started 
without literary pretensions, we think we are jus- 
tified in saying that the White and Blue has 
proved of some little service to students in affording 
them opportunity of making known their opinions 
on matters concerning their interests, and of record- 
ing the events of our college life. 

That the paper has already met with the approval 
of undergraduates, that there is a field steadily 
increasing for the support of such a journal, and 
that there is no lack of ability among our students 
to conduct it, are facts sufficiently obvious to justify 
the present committee in recommending the Soci- 
ety to continue its publication. After the experience 
they have had, the committee also think that cer- 
tain beneficial changes might be made in the con- 
stitution of the pa) er. Among them may be 
mentioned an increase of space, the assignment ot 
special departments to the responsibility of sub- 
editors, and a fortnightly instead of a weekly pub- 
lication. Under such an arrangement the proposal 
is to issue twelve numbers in the academic year. 

It is gratifying to be able to state that in this, the 
first year of the enterprise, the receipts will meet 
the outlay. A few of our subscribers, however, 
have not yet handed in their dollar ; they would 
greatly oblige the committee by attending to the 
matter at once, and thus enable them to close the 


That part of the communication signed ' M ' in 
a recent number of this paper, which showed the 
need there is of a building adjoining the college for 
the various organizations of the students seems to 
be heartily endorsed by all. The general opinion 
is that the present quarters of the Society meets 
the want above pointed out in a partial manner 

Men come here primarily to study : to attend 
lectures, to read, to experiment and the like. But 
there is something else besides college work that 
brings them here ; there is such a thing as student 
life : of association with fellow-students, of a gen- 
erous emulation among them in those lighter and 
more genial exercises which our literary and 
scientific societies furnish, of the cultivation of 
athletics, of the formation of friendships, and of 
the thousand and one benefits, social and intellec- 
tual, that students gather, or should gather, from 

association with one another and from brushing 
against one another, and of participating in that 
sort of cosmopolitan spirit that should pervade a 
great university. 

And just as the various items which make up 
college ivork have to be provided for so should the 
adjuncts of student life. Buildings are erected for 
lectures, professors are appointed, apparatus secur- 
ed, etc. ; why should not some attention be given 
to the other side, which though not of first moment, 
is still of great importance? Surely interest in col- 
lege work is not to be lessened by associating with 
it an attractive student life. The leading colleges 
are beginning to realize that it is good policy to 
combine the two. Is a young man to be blamed 
for preferring one institution somewhat inferior to 
another as regards its teaching abilities, but which 
is wanting altogether in the attractions referred to ? 

Of the various organizations among our students 
that of the Literary and Scientific Society is the 
leading one, both as regards numbers and popu- 
larity. Without it student life at University Col- 
lege would have been almost a blank. But for 
twenty-five years it has. been the centre round 
which the most pleasant associations of graduates 
and undergraduates have clung. It has furnished 
a fairly good reading-room, encouraged students in 
the preparation of literary and scientific essays, in 
debating, in obtaining an idea of the conduct of 
public meetings, provided the public with literary 
entertainments, and till within a year or two, with 
an annual conversazione of an attractive character. 
At present it is conducting the organ rejitals which 
have proved so successful. And all this has been 
done at the expense of the students themselves. 
Bnt the removal of the Society's quarters from the 
college building has been a severe strain ; the run- 
ning expenses have been largely increased without 
corresponding benefit. Indeed, according to ' M ' 
there has been a falling off in the number of readers 
in the reading-room and in the attendance at the 
meetings. A deficit is also promised, in fact has 
been forshadowed in the reduction of periodicals to 
be put on the fyles next winter. As ' M ' also 
pointed out, the distance of the present home of the 
Society from the college is another drawback. 
True it is the Society will be likely to continue on, 
even if nothing is done in its interest, but it will not 
accomplish one half of the good it would do if it 
had suitable quarters. A scheme something like 
that suggested by ' M ' is what we want. A build- 
ing containing reading-room, assembly-room, gym- 
nasium, and committee-rooms, and accommodation 
for the athletic clubs right behind the college. 

University College has made great strides of late 
years in the number of her students. At the pres- 
ent rate of increase six years will see one thousand 
youths in her halls. She has nothing to fear as 
regards teaching ability from half a dozen rival 
institutions — some of them two-pence-halfpenny 
affairs enough— but she may be deprived of stu- 
dents through other colleges offering superior at- 
tractions of the kind we have dwelt on. As things 
now are there is a student life in Toronto ahead of 
anything of the kind in Canada ; but it stands in 
need of direction. Let the College Council then, or 
the University Senate, take the matter up and make 
our college as attractive in the matter of student 
life as it is ahead of competitors in the matter of 
college work. And the first step in that direction 
is a building of the kind we have indicated. 


The meeting last night had the largest attendance 
ol the year, and so great was the interest taken in 
the various amendments that the Society did not 
adjourn till 3:15 this morning. 

W. T. Herridge (4th year) R. Y. Thomson (4th 
year) were elected first and second prize speakers 
respectively. Walter Laidlaw (3rd year) and W. 
K. T. Smellie (4th year) were elected first and 
second prize readers respectively. 


The following gentlemen were nominated for the 
various offices of the Society for next jear : — 

President — Win. Johnson, M.A., by Duncan 
McColl, B.A. ; W. N. Ponton, M.A., by J. A. 
Culhiin, B.A. ; F. F. Manley, M.A., by G. Davis, 
B.A. ; W. H. Vandersmissen, M.A., by Mr. Manley. 

First Vice-President — W. S. Milner (3rd year) 
by G. Davis, B.A. ; G. H. Carveth (3rd year) by T. 
H. Gilmour. 

Second Vice-President — E. P. Davis (2nd year) 
by J. M. Lydgate. 

Recording-secretary — J. A. McAndrew (3rd yeai) 
by W. T. Herridge; I. M. Levan (3rd year) by K. 
Y, Thomson. 

Treasurer — A. H. McDougall, (2nd year) by Mr. 
Milner ; W. F. W. Creelman (2nd year) by Mr. Gil- 

Curator — D. Armour (3rd year) by A. Carruthers; 
J. H. Brown (3rd year) by Mr. Herridge. 

Corresponding-secretary — J. S. Mackay (3rd yea:) 
by A. C. Courtice ; H. St. Q. Cayley (3rd year) by 
W. F. Maclean. 

Secretary of Committees — E. W. Haggarty, (1st 
year) by VV. H. Doel ; A. F. Lobb (1st year) by J. 
H. Brown. 

Councillors — Of the third year — S. Stewart, by 
Mr. Courtice ; T. McKenzie, by G. Acheson ; \\ . 
D. Gwynne, by J. McDougall ; W. Laidlaw, by 
Mr. Smellie ; T. C. Milligan, by J. B. Tyrrell. Of 
the second year — E. F. Langstaff, by Mr. Maclean ; 

F. C. Wade, by W. A. Shortt ; J. M. Clark, by 
W. J, James ; D. Wishart, by A. Carruthers ; W. 
L. Bain, by J. Ballantyne ; John Squair, by W. J. 
James. Of the first year - A. Crichton, by A. 
Carruthers; G. Riddell, by G. R. Cruickshank ; 

G. S. Wilgress, by H. S. Brennan. 


The following amendments were made to the 
constitution : 

Art. I., sec. 1. Add the words ' and of regular 
students of the School of Practical Science.' 

Art. II., sec. 2. Insert the word ' life ' after the 
word ' all ' in the first line. 

Art. V., sec, 3. Insert the words ' by the record- 
ing-secretary ' in the second line after the word 
' entrance.' Sec. 7. That this section read ■ On any 
Friday evening an open meeting may be held at 
the discretion of the general committee, etc' 

The several amendments proposed by the special 
committee as regards the House committee and 
the reading-room, as well as those made by Mr. 
Maclean on this point, were referred back to that 
committee for further consideration. 

The proposal of Mr. Lydgate for the division of 
the Society into two parts for literary purpose- was 
then taken up, and the principle of it adopted. 
But it was agreed to adjourn the meeting for a few- 
days in order that members might look into the 
details. The motion read as follows : — 

1. That the U. C, L. & S. Society be divided 
for literary purposes into two parts : one part to 
consist of the 2nd and 4th years ; the other of the 
1st and 3rd. 

2. That Art. 5, sec. 1, read : The regular meet- 
ings of the Society shall consist of ordinary meet- 
ins, business meetings, public meetings, and the 
annual meeting, and shall be held at half-past 
seven every Friday evening, during the continu- 
ance of lectures 


3. The first meeting of every four shall be a 
business meeting, and the fourth a public meeting ; 
the 2nd and 3rd meetings shall be confined to the 
2nd and 4th years; and for the 1st and 3rd years 
there shall be held two extra meetings in each of 
the 2nd and 3rd weeks, on such an evening as shall 
bi determined on by those years. 

4. That Art. 5, sec. 7, be abolished. 

5. That orders of business, c - i, inclusive, and p, 
be omitted at ordinary meetings, and be the only 
orders of business at business meetings, and that 
the minutes of each business meeting be read, etc., 
at the next. 

6. That to the officers mentioned in Art. 3, ?ec 1, 
be added two vice-presidents and one recording 
secretary : these officers to preside at the meetings 
of that part of the Society consisting of the 1st and 
3rd year, and to be members of the 3rd year chosen 
for that purpose. 

7. That all essayists, readers and debaters, for 
ordinary meetings, be chosen in turn from the 
number of those who have paid their fees. 


A. memorial (which by the statute must contain 
twenty-five signatures) is in circulation, praying the 
Chairman of Convocation of the University of 
Toronto to call a meeting of that body to discuss the 
following questions : 

(i) Compulsory attendance on lectures; (2) 
shortening the arts course by relegating the first- 
year work to the collegiate institutes; (3) publicity 
of the proceedings of the Senate ; (4) throwing open 
the local examinations to males as well as females. 
The memorial further asks that the meeting may 
be called as soon as possible, in view of the forth- 
coming elections to the Senate. 


The amount subscribed up to Thursday was 
$651. The committee are preparing of three dif- 
ferent ways under which it is proposed to carry 
out the scheme, and are ascertaining how many 
undergrades are willing to join the club if estab- 
lished, at a membership fee of $5. The committee 
is composed of the following: J. A. Culham, B.A., 
C. C. McCaul, B.A, T. A. Haultain, B.A., J. C. 
Tibb, M.A., W. H. Oliphant, W. J. Loudon, W. 

F. Maclean, H. A. Fairbank, E. W. H. Blake, G. 

G. S. Lindsey, D. Armour, H. T. Brock, W. K. 
Macdougald, W. H. Blake, H. B. Wright, B. 
Cr< nyn, H. S. Osier. 


lenge to the Harvard club, proposing a match here 
next October or November. 

It is understood that the new Baptist college is 
to be on Bloor street, on the west side of the ravine. 
Rumor connects the name of a prominent member 
of that denomination with the purchase of the site 
and also with the erection of the building. 

The Victoria University will have its head- 
quarters at Manchester. Owens College is the 
only one named in the charter. No other college 
will be admitted without first making out a sufficient 
title. Yorkshire will be adequately represented in 
the University Court. 

The crowded state of the room allotted to the 
classes in metaphysics of the second year calls for 
better accomodation by next term. ' Were we not 
immortals, the atmosphere of the room after a 
lecture to the second-year men would kill us,' said 
a fourth-year man in this department. 

Brantford Expositor : — Mr W. T. Herridge, of 
Toronto, occupied the pulpit of the Congregational 
Church yesterday morning and eveniug. The 
attendance was good, and the sermons really above 
criticism. Mr. H. is a young man who will doubt- 
less occupy an exalted position in his chosen 

R. B. Lesslie, M.A., '73, M.D., ' 75, has present- 
ed the museum with a collection of implements of 
war and of domestic use, and national costumes of 
Zululand, from which place he lately returned. 
Dr. Wilson has been adding to the Indian relics, 
the latest additions being a number of arrow-heads 
and other weapons from the old fort at Markham. 

Scene: — The library reading room. The four 
o'clock bell rings. A compassionate freshie, being 
also an intending candidate at the coming election, 
approaches one of the 'immortals,' who is resur- 
recting himself from a heap of some twenty-one 
volumes. The freshie has been inquiring the 
names of the fourth-year men, and is informed by 
a kind friend that this immortal's name is Mr. Kant. 
The would-be candidate addresses the great man 
with 'Mr. Kant can I have the pleasure -aw — of 
removing a few of your books to the counter?' 
The immortal (who is somewhat absent-minded) is 
immediately on the alert, and horrifies the young 
gentleman with 'Sir — I — am surprised at your 
insolence — I — have a ticket filled for every one of 
these books.' The freshie hastily retires in con- 
fusion, under the impression that he has made some 
slight mistake. 

The residence men of the fourth year are going 
to have a picture taken. 

The vice-chancellor of the university — Chief 
Justice Moss — is improving. 

F. Haultain, B.A., '79, was in the city the other 
day on his way to the great Northwest. 

Wm. McBride, B.A., '79, spends the Faster 
vacation of university college, London, in a tour 
through France, Switzerland and Italy. 

It is worthy of note that the two men taking the 
most work in the third and second sears wear 
number live hats. 

Mk. Minot will not be able to act as one of the 
examiners in natural science at tin- coming medical 
and arts ( ^animations. 

Rugb\ Union football 

has sent a chal- 


Three Japanese ladies are studying in Vassar 

At Harvard the students are required to attend 
church regularly. 

The mayor of Princetown has prohibited the use 
of bicycles by students. 

Princetown is to have a new chapel which will 
lust .it least one hundred thousand dollars. 

Amherst has had a successful gvmaasium exhi- 
bition lately. 

The idea of introducing the Rugby game at 
Cornell is being agitated. 

The Harvard vs. Yale race will occur this 
year on July 2nd, instead of June. 

The Cornell freshmen have organized their crew, 
which has begun training in the gym. 

S. C. SMOKE, B.A., has been appointed librarian 
of Victoria college. 

LoRNE medals appear to be pretty thick around 
1 he 1 1 mntry. 

( )F all the words of youth or lass the saddest are 
you did not p iss'. Trii-c id. 

EDISON will next turn his attention to the inven- 
tion ol an ele< trie pan-cake machine for tin- young 
maidens of Vassar 

Eleven seniors at Columbia, for delinquencies at 
chapel, have received notices that they are no long- 
er candidates for a degree. 

The lectures on science and history subjects at 
King's and Christ's College, Oxford University, are 
open this term for women. 

Harvard has a 'Dramatic Association', whose 
regular performances are well attended and enjoyed 
by the professors and students. 

It is probable that several colleges will enter in 
the next regatta of the National Association of 
American Oarsmen. 

The Trinity Boat Club being a thing of the past, 
sporting men are now turning their attention to the 
field meetings. 

Trinity college has five thousand volumes in 
its library : but, according to the Rouge ct Noir, 
nobody seems to know much about it. 

There are to be two more organ recitals, the 
first two weeks, and the second three weeks from 
to-day — viz. : on April 4th and nth. 

At Queen's college the games committee is ap- 
pointed in the spring, and less delay is experienced 
in bringing on the exercises early in the fall. 

Anybody can wear a gown at Kingston, matricu- 
lant or matriculated student. The journal wishes 
the restoration of the rule that only the latter 
may be gowned. 

Why is a lame dog like a sheet of blotting paper ? 
Because a lame dog is a slow pup, and a slope up 
is an inclined plane, and an mklined plane is a sheet 
of blotting paper. — [/Eslrus. 

Juliana (as they were going home from Pinafore) 
— "I think Sir Joseph looks just swell in his white 
pants." Absent minded student — " And so do his 
sis — H'm. Yes, very." 

The following changes have been made in the 
examiners: — Classics, S. A. Marling, M.A., '54, 
(gold medalist, classics) and Adam Johnston, B.A., 
'77, (gold medalist, classics) in place of Messrs. 
Fletcher and Kerr. In natural sciences, Prof. 
Martin, of John Hopkins university, in place of 
Mr. Minot, of Boston. 

Professor — ' Hi, you fellows in there ! Can't 
you make less noise ? ' 

Voice Within — 'Who's out there? ' 

Prof. — ' It's me.' 

V. W.— ' Who are you ? ' 

Prof.— ' Professor Thomas.' 

V. W.- ' You can't fool us. Thomas would have 
said ' It's I.' Come on boys; just once more.' 
And the strains of ' Lan Uord, fill the flowing bov 1 ' 
resounded through the house till daylight. The 
affair was never after alluded to by the professor. 

Some colleges intimate that they are unable to 
sustain boating, and at the same time give their 
support to base-ball and foot-ball. Although in 
one case out of ten this may be a sufficiently strong 
plea, any college of spirit and energy ought to 
carry on base-ball and boating associations, and the 
preference should, by all means, be given to these 
two. Now it does not seem right that this most 
manly and invigorating of college pastimes should 
thus be allowed to fall into decay. A sport which 
is by far the most universal, from the fact that in 
1875 at Saratoga, the crews of thirteen colleges 
entered the race, and which in English universities 
takes the precedence of all others, should not be 
allowed to pass from the annals of college life 
without a strong effort to keep it up -Orient. 

There came a fair fresh from Winon ; 

Her feet she had cause to bemoan ; 
When she lay on her bed, 
They raised up the spread 

To the height of St. Peter's at Rome. 

There was an old man of Trieste 
Who said, ' I will pull down mv vest.' 

But Ins daughter said, ' Papa, 

The at tii m's improper, 

And I hope that you'll give us a rest.' 

- [ ( rimson 



It is a satisfaction to me to see that at last Uni- 
versity College is becoming the centre of a number 
of special schools. There is the School of Practical 
Science in front of it, Knox College on the right. 
the Baptist College to be built behind it, and the 
Protestant Divinity School in the Yonge street 
avenue, to the Left of it. It is in this clustering of 
special schools round a central college that will 
give University College increased strength. And 
whoever agrees with what I have already said must 
deplore the mistake that was made some years ago 
when the medical schools were taken to the east 
end of the city. Of course they had to go where 
the hospital was, but no reason is obvious why the 
hospital was located in its present position, and 
not in a quarter contiguous to the college. Within 
late years extensive additions have been made to 
the hospital, and so the hope of a complete con- 
centration of higher education in Toronto must lie 
in! ,i considerable time deferred. 

Were- the schools of medicine adjacent to the 
College an increased stimulus would be given to 
manv departments of the College, and among them 
the natural sciences especially, on account of the 
number of students being thus largely augmented. 
In the first place there would be more complete 
and systematic division of the labors of the profes- 
sors. As things now exist there is a professor of 
biology and two professors of chemistry in connec- 
tion with University College ; at each of the two 
medical schools there are lecturers on chemistry, 
botany and zoology — that is, the same work is 
done in three institutions by three men, when, if the 
schools were centralized the work of one professor 
could do what it now takes three. Were this 
done the principle of division of labor would 
then come into play : we would have these several 
departments specialized. Instead of three profes- 
sors on biology going over the same ground one 
would take up botany, another zoology, another 
sub-departments of these, just as resources al- 
lowed. Specialized work is the great feature in the 
study of the natural sciences to-day — as things 
now are, very little of this can be done at Toronto. 
Look what the economy would be in the way of 
experiments, specimens, and apparatus. 

Another great advantage is that more of the 
medical students would take an arts course before 
entering medicine, or at least they would avail 
themselves of partial courses in the arts depart- 
ment. Many of our medical students set out for 
the back country, or for the great North-west on 
completing their course. Would it not be a great 
advantage to both themselves and the country gen- 
erally if they took with them such a knowledge of 
mineralogy and geology as one course of Professor 
Chapman's lectures in these subjects would give 
them ? And who would not be a better physician 
if he had had the advantage of lectures on pschycol- 
ogy such as those of Prof. Young ? But students 
in medicine are at present too far away to reap any 
of these benefits. 

And there are many minor advantages to students 
themselves that are attendant on centralization. 
A wider field for choice of friendships ; with a 
students' quarter comes better bookstores, instru- 
ment makers, and an atmosphere of study. Bril- 

liant professors are drawn to such centres, and, on 
the other hand, numerous students are attracted 
b) the reputation of the professors and the advan- 
tages that such centralization affords. A large 
and efficient library would soon be a feature of 
this scheme. 

Is it yet too late to secure this end ? I think 
not, if the several corporations who would have to 
be parties to it throw no opposition in the way. In the 
first place the city would have to be willing to sell 
its property in the east end. Perhaps the Ontario 
government or some of the charities of this city 
would purchase it on a reasonable valuation. The 
medical schools would next have to consent to do 
likewise. But in doing so the Senate of the Uni- 
versity of Toronto would have to give both the 
city and the schools sites in the University land 
adjoining the college, and the Senate should have 
this end in view as a likely contingency. The 
Ontario government would have to come forward 
and increase the University endowment. But 
surely these are all within the sphere of the possi- 
ble and, let me hope, the probable. 

Arc; I s. 


(by a very fresh man.) 

To do myself justice I must inform your readers 
that I am a gentleman of the first year, hailing from 
a quiet country district, and besides, had never seen 
a large organ until last Saturday. On the after- 
noon of this eventful day, my young lady — never 
mind where I got her — and myself arrived at the Con- 
vocation Hall about a quarter past three. We found 
it well filled, except a few rows of seats in front. A 
kind friend informed me that these seats were 
the best in the hall and had therefore been reserved 
for the freshmen. Seconded by theentreatiesof my 
fair friend I proceeded up the aisle and was met half- 
way by a gentleman with an eyeglass, who furnished 
us with programmes. Having got sat down I immedi- 
ately fell to studying my programme, but found it 
interspersed w-ith short dissertations on ancient 
German poetry. Not taking honour moderns this 
term, I felt little of interest in these notes, and soon 
began to look around. The first thing I noticed 
was the new chair in honor of the visit of 
the Princess Louise, which was in the form 
of a small bench ; behind it were some extensive 
decorations, which I considered entirely out of place, 
especially a large number of pipes. I directed my 
young lady's attention to the chair, but she replied 
that she couldn't see anything except the organist's 
bench. Perceiving that I had perhaps made a 
mistake I became silent. After a time, however, exaggeration. 

ten minutes' anxious thought I came to the con- 
clusion that the recital had commenced and that 
all the pipes, bench, &c, were the organ. By this 
time I had began to feel a little mad with myself, 
and immediately became very critical, beginning at 
the same time to take mental notes of several faults. 
Amongst others I noticed some botanical and 
natural history illustrations on the programme 
which were quite uncalled for. I also would sug- 
gest that the Society appoint a handsome young 
man to assist the lady singers to the platform and 
make himself generally useful. My young lady 
now asked me to get her an opera glass for a few 
moments. Not knowing very well what this was 1 
concluded that it must be a nick-name for an eye- 
glass. I therefore requested agentlemanon my left 
to lend me his. He eyed me rather sternly and 
declined. I hope the White and Blue will find 
out this young man's name and publish it. The 
Glee Club now came upon the platform and I will 
dismiss its performance with the remark that the 
alto was very weak and there was also an entire 
absence of soprano. This criticism is due to some- 
body sitting behind me whose name I didn't know. 
Just as the Glee Club finished someone touched 
me on the back and said that a gentleman wished 
to see me in the outer hall. On arriving there, which 
I did with great difficulty, I could find no person 
who wanted me. I was just returning when a gentle- 
man stepped forward and shook me very heartily 
by the hand, saying at the same time that he was 
sure he could rely on my support at the coming 
election. I interrupted some kind inquiries about my 
family by asking him if he had sent for me; he said 
he hadn't and I with great difficulty terminated the 
interview. On endeavoring to re-enter the hall I 
found the entrance entirely blocked, and had there- 
fore recourse to the gallery. In the space of about 
a quarter of an hour I had reached as far in as the 
centre of the door, when I was suddenly pinned 
against its frame. In this position I had the ex- 
quisite pleasure of seeing my chair occupied by the 
voting gentleman who had so kindly directed me tc 
the outside hall. I now rapidly began to feel satis- 
fied with the recital, and fearing that my left ear 
would become a permanent fixture on my skull, I 
shortly afterwards withdrew. 


Putting confidence in an engraver has twice 
upset the calculations of the editor of the Queen's 
College Journal. Whether the editor of the 
Journal has a beard or not, he should surely know 
that the promises of printers, shoemakers, engrav- 
ers and weather prophets are slightly tinged with 

thinking that she was beginning to weary, I re- 
marked that the president and some other officer 
of the society would probably soon bring in the 
organ. My lady friend — quite unnecessarily I 
thought— reminded me of the fact that I was a 
goose, and said it was the:e, hoping besides that I 
could see it. I replied that I had not noticed it 
and desired her not to speak so loud, as she was 
attracting attention. Hearing considerable laughter 
in my rear I turned around to see who was making 
a fool of himself. Before my curiosity was satisfied, 
however, I was suddenly brought to the front by a 
loud noise, which came from the dais. After about 

A subscriber to the college died a few 

davs ago, leaving five years' subscription unpaid. 
The editor appeared at the grave when the lid was 
being screwed down the last time, and put in 
the coffin a palm leaf fan, a linen coat, and a 

The second number of the Rouge et Noir is tc 
hand : the literary side is a prominent feature. 

Harvard men are as soft on Mary Anderson, as 
certain nameless students were on Neilson. A re- 
port is going the rounds that at a recent perform- 
ance in Boston, the eight members of the boat crew 
appealed on the stage as supers in order to be near 
the finelv-figured Marv. 

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